Man caught with large amount of meth has probation revoked, sent to jail

YORK – Bernie Smith, 49, of North Platte, has been sentenced to jail time after violating terms of the probation he was initially given after being caught with a significant amount of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in York County.

The case began when a deputy initiated a traffic stop on the interstate and Smith was the driver.

One of the county’s drug dogs was deployed outside the vehicle, which alerted to the presence of narcotics.

A search of his person resulted in the discovery of a container with marijuana inside.

A search of the vehicle resulted in deputies finding a bag containing methamphetamine which weighed 29.2 grams. The bag was found in the center arm rest storage compartment of the vehicle. Another bag was found in a storage tray on the floorboard, which contained .4 grams of methamphetamine. A glass pipe with methamphetamine residue was found between the front passenger seat and the center arm rest area.

He was initially charged with possession of 28-140 grams of methamphetamine, a Class 1C felony which carries a possible maximum sentence of 3-50 years in prison upon conviction, and having no drug tax stamp, a Class 4 felony, which carries a possible maximum sentence of two years in prison with 12 months of post-release supervision.

Later, a plea agreement was reached and Smith pleaded no contest to possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. He was facing a possible maximum sentence of two years in prison with 12 months of post-release supervision. He was given probation.

This past week in York County District Court, he admitted to violating the terms of that probation sentence. He was sentenced to 120 days in the York County Jail, with credit for 75 days already served.

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