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Fred C. Navarette
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Alicia L. Suhr
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Keith D. Phelps
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Stacy A. Navarrete
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Timothy L. Caudillo

One arrest led to another Thursday, when police rounded up two North Platte men and two women and charged them with possession of methamphetamine.

The series of arrests began at 9:25 a.m., when a police officer saw Timothy Caudillo, 29, driving. The officer suspected Caudillo was driving on a suspended driver’s license. He pulled the car over, checked his driver's license status and arrested him.

Caudillo had a passenger, Alicia Suhr, 34, who was wanted for failure to appear in court. She was also arrested. When Caudillo, Suhr and the car were searched, drug equipment commonly used to ingest meth turned up, plus a small baggie of suspected meth and a digital scale, police spokesman John Deal said.

Suhr was taken to jail where, under booking procedures, she was searched again. A bag of suspected meth, plus unspecified drug paraphernalia, were found in her underwear. The bag weighed nearly a half-ounce, leading to a distribution charge.

Based on the evidence police had found in Suhr’s arrest, they obtained a warrant and searched a home in the 1800 block of West Second at around 11:30 a.m.

Several officers went to the house, Deal said. They found Fred Navarrete, 56, and Keith Phelps, 46, along with several items of drug equipment and more suspected methamphetamine.

Both Navarrete and Phelps were jailed, charged with meth possession and distribution, plus possession of drug paraphernalia.

An hour or so later, a patrol officer spotted Stacy Navarrete around 12:45 p.m., driving a car. Deal said the officer knew she was wanted in connection with a traffic stop in May, when she was found with a substance that was suspected to be meth. Police sent the substance to a crime lab for testing, and results recently came back positive, Deal said.

The officer pulled Navarrete over and searched her. In her purse, he found drug paraphernalia consistent with meth use, a digital scale, a small bag of suspected meth plus a bottle of several types of prescription pills, but no prescriptions, Deal said.

Navarrete was arrested for possession of meth back in May, plus additional charges of possession and distribution.

During the investigation, police confirmed that Navarrete was living in the house that was searched an hour or so earlier.

More charges could be filed against the suspects after a laboratory conducts tests on the suspected drugs that were seized Thursday, Deal said.

In court Friday, Suhr, Phelps and both Fred and Stacy Navarrete were arraigned on charges of possession of more than 10 grams of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Each of them asked for a public defender. Their bonds were set at $100,000, except Stacy Navarrete, whose bond was set at $200,000.

Navarette also had Alprazolam, Ritalin, Ambien, Klozapam, Diazepam, Suboxone and Tylenol 3, according to prosecutors.

Caudillo was charged with driving under suspension and his bond was $5,000. He immediately posted $500 (the required 10 percent) and was released. His next court appearance is set Nov. 8.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 10/4/2013
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