Prompted by anonymous tips, the North Platte police confiscated an illegal short shotgun Saturday, arrested the alleged owner and sent some suspected meth to a laboratory to be tested.

Before daybreak Friday, police received anonymous information regarding drug activity at a home near the east edge of town — the 2100 block of East D St.

The information came in at 5:17 a.m. police spokeswoman Beth Kerr said. Police obtained a search warrant based on that information as well as other corroborating information, and executed the warrant shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday.

Kerr said the search turned up suspected methamphetamine, numerous items of drug paraphernalia, as well as in illegal short shotgun. A short shotgun has a barrel or barrels less than 18” long, or its overall length is less than 25 inches, Kerr said.

After finding the gun, Raymond Webster, 34, was charged with possessing an illegal weapon and taken to jail, Kerr said.

Also, the suspected methamphetamine was sent to the Nebraska Crime Lab for analysis. Further charges are likely if the test results are positive.

Webster’s bond was set at $25,000.  Kerr said two other residents in the home were released.