Steve Carland was convicted July 2 of probation violation in Lincoln County District Court.
Prior to that, Carland had been convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine. He spent nearly three months in jail while his case went through the courts.
When he was convicted, he was ordered to report to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office five times a week and also ordered to undergo random drug testing and searches without probable cause.
Carland, who has also battled health problems for most of the year, tested positive for drugs, violating the terms of his probation, prosecutors said.
Carland’s most recent troubles date back to Jan. 5, when a North Platte criminal said Carland had tubes coming out of containers in his room and she was certain he was making meth, according to a court affidavit.
investigators found an open bottle of drain cleaner and small bag of marijuana in the room, as well as a propane tank valve, a large bag of salt and a light bulb that contained a coffee filter that could be used to extract key ingredients out of pills to make meth, the affidavit said.
Carland was charged with manufacturing meth, punishable by up to 50 years in prison, but his arraignment was postponed because he was too sick.
Finally in March, Carland plead guilty to the charge.
Carland was also jailed for meth possession in September 2010. Because of his prior record and the fact that he was on probation when he failed the latest test, Lincoln County Attorney Rebecca Harling asked the court to sentence him to jail.
Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands sentenced Carland to 210 days, with credit for 81 days already served.
Carland was given a week to get his affairs in order and he reported to the jail July 9.