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Isidro Ortiz, Jr. of North Platte was indicted Thursday on three federal drugs and weapons charges.

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Prosecutors said Ortiz, 33, twice possessed more than five grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute -- once on Nov. 2 and another time between Oct. 1 and Nov. 25.

A federal grand jury issued the indictments, U.S. Attorney Deb Gilg said.

Count III alleges that on or about Nov. 19 Ortiz, a felon, had three firearms -- a model 1400, 12-gauge Winchester shotgun, a Smith and Wesson SW40VE .40 caliber pistol and a Jimenez Arms J.A. NINE, 9mm pistol.

Ortiz was arrested in North Platte during a traffic stop for failure to signal a lane change. A search of the car turned up the two handguns and the shotgun.

Ortiz, who was a passenger, was already wanted on a warrant for terroristic threats, after his intimate partner told police a week earlier that Ortiz pointed a gun at him.

Ortiz faces a maximum of 90 years imprisonment if convicted on all three charges.

The grand jury indictment also alleges any and all property constituting or derived from direct or indirect proceeds as a result of the accusations should be forfeited to the government.

The forfeitures specifically include $2,000 in U.S. currency seized on Nov. 19 from the purse of Angel Benitez and $770 in United States currency seized from Benitez on Nov. 1, Gilg said.

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