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Major drug bust nabs 17 suspectsTell North Platte what you think
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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.

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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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I heard from a very reliable source that there is 30+ more federal indictments coming down very soon..the feds arent done yet...it wud be awesome if 'lil ice' what a name right? ? Was one of them!
Posted by glovesoff    - 7/1/2014 5:48:04 AM
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I hope all of these folks get help if they are users/addicted.
Posted by parapraxis    - 6/30/2014 9:20:27 AM
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OnePissedWard: When someone is federally charged/indicted Feds/law enforcement are watching them for a long time collecting evidence, trying to nail them so hard they'll be more likely to take a deal and narc the next guy up the totem pole out to save their own ass. The cops didn't just see a deal on the street and bust these guys. If they did enough stupid stuff they could already be locked up for some other stuff when the Feds decide to take them all down at once. The state is over-run with tweakers, you got that right. This isn't the 1st mass bust of this kind and it's not the last either.
Posted by faceless_voice    - 6/29/2014 2:55:25 PM
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thanks some1else, corrected.
Posted by George Lauby    - 6/28/2014 3:21:15 PM
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funny how they say they nailed them all in one day. i was in jail with alot of these guys less then a month ago and they all had pretty major charges already so they wouldnt be gettin out anytime soon and none could afford theyre high bonds so how could they be out dealing drugs when they r in jail. i call bs they cops are just trying to make it look like they got a handle on things when really the whole danm states gettin over run with tweakers.
Posted by OnePissedWard    - 6/28/2014 9:53:55 AM
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Jamie Trujillo is a dude?? Yikes
Posted by some1elsedoit    - 6/28/2014 5:17:22 AM
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Great job, but I think you all missed a few :)
Posted by TrueJustice    - 6/27/2014 9:13:46 AM
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more losers in the NP losers club
Posted by thetruth    - 6/27/2014 2:20:55 AM
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So a few months ago we have thieves break in to a house where the owner was deceased. A couple Mr. and Mrs. Kimmie Spotts were arrested and charged with the crime along with meth charges. Mr. is still in jail and Mrs. Kimmie roams the streets. Funny how she walks with the same charges as her husband but he has been federally indicted. Should we say NARC. DISGUSTING and she looks it to.
Posted by yowzer    - 6/26/2014 2:51:28 PM
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Good Job...
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