Police picked up three alleged marijuana dealers Saturday in two separate arrests in North Platte, after finding multiple pounds of marijuana.
The first arrest was at 9:30 a.m., when an officer stopped a car for no license plates in the area of Second and Emory, police spokeswoman Beth Kerr said.
The driver was identified as Justin Howell, 26.
The police officer smelled marijuana in the vehicle and conducted a search. He found nearly five pounds of marijuana, as well as two marijuana joints, drug paraphernalia and an unknown powdery substance, Kerr said.
Howell was arrested, charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and taken to jail.
Kerr said the unknown powder will be sent to the Nebraska Crime Lab for drug testing, so an additional charge could be filed when the tests are concluded.
The second arrest came later that day at 12:18 p.m. when police went to the 1400 block of S. Emory to check out a reported disturbance.
Officers met with family members, but the prime suspect in the disturbance, Jayden Shannon, 19, drove off before police arrived, Kerr said.
Police obtained a description of the vehicle. Another officer saw it not far away and pulled it over. While speaking with the occupants, which were Shannon as well as Tianna Richardson, 20, the officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
The occupants and the vehicle were searched, turning up a pipe that possibly contains methamphetamine residue, a large amount of cash, a marijuana pipe, a marijuana blunt (marijuana rolled in tobacco paper), a scale and nearly a pound of marijuana.
According to the police report, the occupants denied knowledge of the drugs and paraphernalia, even though some of it was on their person and in Richardson’s purse.
Shannon was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Richardson was driving on a revoked license, so she was charged with that, as well as possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Both suspects were taken to the Lincoln County jail.
Kerr said the pipe that possibly contained methamphetamine residue would be sent to the Nebraska Crime Lab for testing, so an additional charge could be filed when the tests are concluded.
All three suspects are in jail. Each of them is held on a $50,000 bond.
In a separate incident, an alleged burglar was arrested on Thursday, Aug. 2.
The case started on July 24 at 11:34 a.m., an officer responded to the 600 block of West First to check out a reported burglary.
According to the police report, the victim said several firearms were stolen, along with an XBOX, prescription drugs and a laptop.
Police identified Anthony Sandoval, 30, as a suspect.
Sandoval was found a few days later on Aug. 2 when officers were serving an unrelated arrest warrant to someone else, Kerr said.
Sandoval was arrested, charged with burglary, possession of a stolen firearm, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was taken to jail.
Investigators believe Sandoval and Schollmeyer planned the burglary together and Schollmeyer drove the car, according to the police report. On Monday, police stopped Schollmeyer’s car for no plates near Leota and Dewey and arrested her. She is charged as an accessory to burglary and possession of a stolen firearm.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents or any similar incidents are encouraged to call the North Platte Police Department 308-535-6789. Anonymous information can be given by calling 534-8400 or online at www.lincolncountycrimstoppers.com, Kerr said.