Brian E. Spotts
Brian Spotts, 46, of North Platte, will face federal charges of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.
Spotts was charged Feb. 28 with burglary, illegal use of a vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm and theft of more than $1,500, after he and a crew of four others allegedly swept through the empty house of a North Platte man who died two weeks earlier.
The burglary ring allegedly carted off a large pickup load of antique furniture and furnishings, along with the man's car.
Spotts was one of six people charged in the case, including his wife Kimberley. The sixth person, Kathy Killham, turned herself in four days later and was charged with receiving stolen goods.
A week later, Spotts was also charged in Lincoln County with possession of 353 grams of meth (0.78 pounds) that were found in the search for the stolen property.
According to the federal indictment, Spotts also conspired to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine, beginning on or about February 2013 and continuing to on or about Feb. 12, 2014.
The federal Grand Jury indictment handed down 41 indictments charging 45 defendants, U.S. Attorney Deb Gilg announced Friday.
If convicted of the federal charge, Spotts faces a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment, a $5 million fine and a four-year term of supervised release, plus a $100 special assessment, Gilg said.
The indictment also says that "any and all property constituting or derived from any proceeds obtained directly or indirectly as a result of the violation alleged in the indictment, including but not limited to United States currency, seized from the defendant on Feb. 12 should be forfeited to the United States."
Spotts is currently in the Lincoln County jail, held on a $500,000 bond.
His wife Kim was also charged with possession, in addition to the burglary charges. Kim Spotts was charged with meth possession on March 18 and released from jail the next day after paying 10 percent of a $15,000 bond.