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University of Nebraska-Lincoln police arrested a man Monday suspected of having more than an ounce of methamphetamine and some cocaine hidden in Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook's stolen SUV.

The geolocating service inside the coach's 2018 Lexus GX helped lead police to the 2500 block of Vine Street on Monday afternoon, where Rondale King was backing up the vehicle, according to an affidavit for his arrest.

The SUV was reported stolen from the Devaney Sports Center by an unnamed staff member earlier that day, a UNL police report said.

Investigators believed the SUV was taken between 8:30 a.m. July 28 and 11 p.m. on July 30, according to the affidavit. Cook was out of town at the time.

After they arrested the 38-year-old Lincoln man on suspicion of the auto theft, they smelled marijuana coming from the SUV at a tow lot and searched it, finding more than 46 grams of meth, $180 cash and a small amount of marijuana in a Crown Royal bag suspected to be King's, the affidavit said.

One gram of cocaine was found in a laundry bag containing King's clothing, police said.

Assistant University Police Chief Hassan Ramzah told the Journal Star the SUV wasn't Cook's, but the coach confirmed to the newspaper Tuesday night that he drives the university-leased Lexus that was stolen.

Prosecutors charged King on Tuesday with possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of cocaine, possession of drug money and theft by unlawful taking.

King appeared in court Tuesday, and a judge appointed the Lancaster County Public Defender's Office to represent him.

He remained in jail Tuesday night on $50,000 bond.

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Riley Johnson reports on breaking news and public safety issues in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

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