An inmate who slipped away from the Work Ethic Camp in McCook nearly a year ago was arrested late Wednesday in Chadron.
Charles Canaday, 37, and two family members were taken into custody. Law officers found what appears to be methamphetamine in their home on the north side of Chadron, at 502 W. Niobrara Ave.
Canaday walked away from the Work Ethic Camp on Dec. 21, 2016.
The camp is a minimum security facility. Inmates work outside the confines with intermittent supervision, so it is possible for them to walk away.
Camp officers discovered Canaday was gone when inmates were counted that night.
The Chadron Police believed Canaday was hiding in the house in Chadron and asked for a swat team from the Nebraska State Patrol to help them search Wednesday evening and make the arrest, NSP spokesman Cody Thomas said.
Thomas said officers not only found Canaday at the house, they found and seized suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and multiple firearms.
Also, Del Canaday, 31, and Gage Canaday, 27, were arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and accessories to a felony.
All three men were taken to the Dawes County jail.
Canaday was at the work-ethic camp on a sentence of 6-24 years for burglary, theft, and criminal mischief in Greeley, Howard, Sheridan and Valley counties in north central Nebraska when he escaped.