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Two men, three women federally indicted for meth distributionTell North Platte what you think
 
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Reynaldo Perez, Jr.
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Jacque Little

Five people from North Platte have been indicted on federal charges by a Grand Jury, U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced Thursday.

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Ross Rivera, 30, and Sheena Strand, 27, of North Platte are charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine on or about July 11.

Rivera and Strand were arrested that day in North Platte, when an officer pulled their car over for a fictitious license plate.

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

The officer detected the odor of burning marijuana from the SUV, according to the police report.  

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

And, the officer reportedly discovered a large self-sealing clear bag containing approximately 80 grams of meth, with an approximate street value of $10,000.

If convicted, Rivera and Strand will each face up to 40 years imprisonment, a $5 million fine, a 4-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

 

Reynaldo Perez, Jr., 34, and Jamie Perez, 31, and Jacque Little, 28, of North Platte are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a mixture containing methamphetamine, Gilg said.

The three were rounded up along with two other North Platte residents on July 18, all charged with meth crimes.

The Perezes are charged with distribution from February and continuing to July. Little is charged with distribution from May-July.

The Perezes were initially each charged with possession of a weapon while distributing, a second felony.

The investigation was conducted by state patrol, police and sheriff’s officers working together in a cooperative drug enforcement (CODE) task force.

The Perezes and Little each face a maximum possible penalty, if convicted, of 20 years imprisonment, a $1 million fine, three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. 

Gilg said Thursday that the grand jury returned a total of 26 indictments charging 31 individuals across Nebraska.  

Indictments are charging documents that contain one or more individual counts that are merely accusations, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty, Gilg said.

Also, Paloma Aguirre, 28, of Lexington is charged with two counts of distribution. Count I of the Indictment charges Aguirre with distribution of a mixture containing methamphetamine on or about June 20. 

Count II charges Aguirre with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture containing meth on or about June 4. 

And, Danny Reed, 59, of McCook and Tammy Knight, age 38, are charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine on or about July 11. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, a $5 million fine, a 4-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment, Gilg said.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/21/2014
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