Police in Nebraska have charged three people with methamphetamine possession with the intent to distribute in connection with the search of a Jefferson County home on the morning of July 31. Media accounts indicate that officers from the Fairbury Police Department and Deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office were involved in the operation, which took place at a residence in Fairbury.
One of the suspects is a 27-year-old Fairbury man who allegedly attempted to flee the scene on foot when police arrived at approximately 7:20 a.m. to serve the search warrant. Deputies say that he discarded several items during a brief pursuit. The items were later recovered by deputies and contained a substance police believe to be methamphetamine. While initial reports did not reveal the amount of illegal drugs seized, deputies at the scene described the narcotics haul as sizable.
A 27-year-old Alexandria woman and a 20-year-old Fairbury woman were also taken into custody at the scene. In addition to the methamphetamine possession and distribution counts, all three suspects have been charged with drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession and face a sentencing enhancement for allegedly conducting drug sales within 1,000 feet of a school. The man also faces an obstruction charge. In a statement released to the press, the JCSO said that the investigation into drug sales in the area was ongoing.
Cases such as this one that involve several defendants provide opportunities for prosecutors and pose challenges for experienced criminal defense attorneys. The bonds of loyalty can be strong and defendants may be extremely reluctant to cooperate with authorities, but attorneys could point out that the penalties for drug crimes can be severe and that suspects who step forward first are often offered the most favorable plea arrangements.
Source: 1011 Now, “Three arrested for possession of drugs, paraphernalia”, July 31, 2018