Man caught with nearly 56 pounds of cocaine pleads not guilty

YORK – Nicandro Garcia Perez, 38, of Ontario, California, has pleaded not guilty in a case involving his possession of a very large amount of cocaine in York County.

He appeared for arraignment this past week in York County District Court.

He is charged with possession of more than 140 grams of cocaine, which is a Class 1B felony, and having no drug tax stamp, a Class 4 felony.

A jury trial has been set for December.

The case began when a deputy with the York County Sheriff’s Department contacted a trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol about a vehicle with no license plates turning into a rest area near York, as the trooper was nearby. The trooper made contact with the driver, who was on the sidewalk near the vehicle.

During a background check, it was found that Perez had a criminal history which included driving without a license, burglary, presenting fake identification to a police officer and the same to immigration.

Consent was given by Perez for a search of the vehicle.

During that search, troopers found a package of cocaine in the spare tire storage area. As the search continued, they found more packages of cocaine underneath and third and second rows of seats.

The total weight of the cocaine was 55.86 pounds, which is an extremely large amount.


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