Acting U.S. Attorney Jan Sharp announced Tuesday that Ashley Whited, 32, of Sidney was sentenced four years, nine months in prison in federal court in Omaha.

Whited was previously convicted of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. 

Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon handed down the sentence on Monday.

There is no parole in the federal system. After Whited gets out of prison, she will begin a five-year term of supervised release.

The case began on May 10, 2019, when Sidney police officers stopped a vehicle that was carrying a suspect with an active arrest warrant. In the course of the arrest, a large, potted marijuana plant was found in the vehicle with its highest branch measuring 38 inches, Sharp said. During an interview with the subject of the arrest warrant, the plant was linked with a home on Illinois St. in Sidney where Whited lived.

Police executed a search warrant at the address and seized approximately 560 grams of a methamphetamine mixture, Sharp said.   

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