The Nebraska State Patrol arrested 6 people, 2 from Hot Springs, in 2 early morning weekend incidents involving controlled substances and firearms, including 1 in Box Butte County.
The Box Butte County incident occurred about 12:45 Saturday morning when a trooper observed two vehicles parked near the junction of Highways 2 and 71 west of Hemingford.
The trooper stopped to check on the vehicles and offer assistance, but detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside one of them. A search revealed 5 pounds of methamphetamine, enough for over 1,800 doses, 7 ounces of marijuana, and a pistol.
Taken into custody were the 3 occupants of the vehicle: 29-year old Jana Hildebrand and 19-year Taliah Hildebrand, both of Hot Springs, and 29-year old Roy Elliott-Casaus of Denver.
All were lodged in the Box Butte County Jail on charges of possession of meth, possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana – between one ounce and one pound, and felony possession of a firearm.
The second incident occurred about 1:30 Monday morning CT, when a trooper stopped a speeding SUV on Interstate 80 near Lexington. During the traffic stop, the trooper observed a marijuana container in plain view.
The trooper then searched the SUV and found 6 pounds of marijuana in a suitcase and a handgun concealed behind the driver’s seat.
All three occupants of the vehicle were from Kentucky and were taken into custody and lodged in the Dawson County jail on possession of more than a pound of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver, and felony possession of a firearm.