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Ross L. Rivera
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Sheena B. Strand

A North Platte man and a woman were arrested Friday and charged with possession of 80 grams of methamphetamine.

The value of that much meth would be around $12,000, according to estimates. The pair are also charged with intent to distribute, and the woman, Sheena Strand, is also charged with a marijuana infraction.

At around 8 p.m. on July 11, a police officer saw a black Dodge Durango in the area of Adams and Sixth St. that officers previously learned was possibly displaying fictitious Colorado in-transit tags, police spokesman Rodney Brown said.

The officer contacted a man and woman as they got out of the vehicle near a house in the 1200 block of West Sixth. 

They were identified as Ross Rivera, 30 and Strand, 27. They told the officer they found a dealer plate and put it on the Durango. The officer detected the odor of burning marijuana from the SUV, Brown said. 

According to the police report, Rivera and Strand admitted to smoking in the vehicle earlier in the day. A subsequent search of the inside and personal items revealed drug paraphernalia commonly used to smoke marijuana and methamphetamine.

Brown said the officer also discovered a large self-sealing clear bag containing approximately 80 grams of a substance that field tested positive for meth.

Both Strand and Rivera were taken to the Lincoln County Detention Center and jailed for felony possession of a controlled substance (meth over 28 grams) and felony distribution of methamphetamine. 

Strand was also cited for possession of marijuana, less than an ounce.

The estimated street value of 80 grams of meth in this report has been corrected.

According to a PBS Frontline report, a gram of pure meth was as high as $330 in Chicago but only $60 in Seattle. According to Tweaker.org, a gram is worth from $80-$160. If a gram is worth, say, $150, the value of 80 grams would be $12,000. - Editor


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/14/2014
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