After a monthslong investigation, Lincoln police say a drug task force arrested three people and took 3½ pounds of methamphetamine off the streets Tuesday.
Officer Angela Sands said Jeremiah Burkhart, 38, who lives at 254 Garber St. in Lincoln, was arrested at a Grand Island truck stop at 11:30 p.m. with just less than 2 pounds of meth and a handgun.
On Wednesday, federal prosecutors charged him in U.S. District Court in Lincoln with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and felon in possession of a firearm.
Sands said when the Lincoln-Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant at the Garber address Tuesday night, it ended up finding another 3.7 grams of meth and arresting 21-year-old Dusty Huey on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.
Sands said the task force also served a search warrant at 1003 W. Nance Ave., where it found 221 grams of suspected meth, 7.6 grams of heroin and 26.8 grams of suspected cocaine. Investigators arrested 23-year-old Anna Chernyy, who lives there, on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
In all, including at least a dozen undercover drug buys and the drugs found Tuesday, the investigation led to the recovery of 3½ pounds of meth, 15.6 grams of heroin, 1 ounce of cocaine and a gun.
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Pair accused of hauling 645 pounds of pot on I-80 through Lincoln area
Two men remained at the Lancaster County jail Thursday, a day after prosecutors charged them in connection with 645 pounds of marijuana found in their rental truck.
Brandon Arrington, 30, of McDonough, Georgia, and Edward Babb of Houston both are facing four felonies: two counts of possession with intent to deliver and two counts of no drug tax stamp.
In an affidavit for their arrests, a Lancaster County Sheriff's deputy said he stopped a GMC Penske rental truck with Virginia plates Tuesday after seeing its passenger side tires cross onto the shoulder of Interstate 80 near the Lincoln Airport exit.
During the traffic stop, the deputy became suspicious the men were involved in criminal activity.
They both denied a request to search the truck, but the deputy deployed his police dog around it after seeing what he believed to be marijuana residue on the floorboard.
The search turned up 645 pounds of marijuana and 4.74 pounds of THC vapor pens in the truck's cargo area inside cardboard boxes wrapped in plastic wrap, according to court records.
On Wednesday, at their first court appearances on the charges, Lancaster County Judge Matt Acton set their bonds at $250,000.
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Lancaster County deputies find 109 lbs of pot in I-80 traffic stop
A California woman was arrested Friday morning after Lancaster County sheriff's deputies found more 100 pounds of marijuana in her vehicle during a traffic stop.
At about 9:30 a.m., Pakou J. Yang, 37, of Oroville, was pulled over on Interstate 80 about three miles east of the Pleasant Dale interchange for following another vehicle too closely.
During the stop, a deputy determined the 2018 Nissan that Yang was driving was a one-way rental, which the deputy described in court records as a common sign of drug trafficking. She also became "extremely nervous" while being questioned by the deputy.
Deputies searched the vehicle after a drug-sniffing dog indicated the presence of drugs. They found 109.5 pounds of vacuum-sealed marijuana in the trunk, according to court records.
Yang was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp. She remained in jail Friday on $50,000 bail.