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Terry Sidie
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William Hicks
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Paul E. Swoboda
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Timothy Caudillo
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Marcello Vieyra
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Esther J. Rivera
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Jamie D. Trujillo
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Melissa Bitner
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James S. Pettry
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Timothy Leeper
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Randall Leeper
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Michael J. Catchings
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Aryan K. Perry
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Ashley N. Burow
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Jordan Davison
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June A. Westby

Twelve North Platte people and five from nearby, including four women, are in jail charged with meth possession and distribution in a major drug bust that concluded Wednesday.

Most of the suspects were rounded up early Tuesday morning. Officers from North Platte, Ogallala, Sidney and Dawson County joined state troopers and federal agents to make the arrests.

“This aggressive criminal enterprise has been disrupted,” FBI agent Thomas Mertz said.

Those arrested:

• Terry Sidie - North Platte

• William Hicks - North Platte

• Paul Swoboda - North Platte

• Timothy Caudillo - North Platte

• Marcello Vieyra - North Platte

• Aryan Perry - North Platte

• Esther Rivera - North Platte

• Randall Leeper - North Platte

• Timothy Leeper - North Platte

• Jamie Trujillo - North Platte

• Sean Heineman - North Platte

• James Pettry - North Platte

• June Westby - Paxton

• Melissa Bittner - Brule

• Jordan Davison - Ogallala

• Michael Catchings - Kearney

• Ashley Burow – Kearney

Seven men and three women face federal charges for methampethamine, and are thought to have been working together. The men are Randall Leeper, Tiimothy Leeper, William Hicks, Aryan Perry, Paul Swoboda, James Pettry and Marcello Vieyra.

The three women who face federal charges are June Westby, Jamie Trujillo and Melissa Bittner.

Overall, the charges against the suspects range from possession of controlled substance, possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, Mertz said.

Arrest warrants were executed by the North Platte Police Department, Ogallala Police Department, Sidney Police Department, Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office, Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol along with the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations.

Most of the suspects were put behind bars in the Lincoln County Jail and the federal suspects were transferred to Omaha.

The bust was a cooperative effort of establishing working task forces of law officers in central and western Nebraska.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/26/2014
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