Arraignment held for man caught with 33.2 pounds of methamphetamine

YORK COUNTY – Arraignment proceedings were held this week in York County District Court for a California man who was allegedly caught with an extremely large amount of methamphetamine – 33.2 pounds – during a traffic stop in York County.

The case against Christofer Cruz, 30, whose addresses are listed as both California and Arizona in court documents, was bound over to District Court. The case involves charges of possession of more than 140 grams of methamphetamine, a Class 1B felony; having no drug tax stamp, a Class 4 felony; and possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony.

According to court documents, a trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol stopped a vehicle, in which Cruz was a passenger, due to alleged traffic infractions.

The driver was identified as Uriel Alcala, who said his mother had rented the vehicle. In the affidavit filed with the court, the trooper says both Cruz and Alcala were “taking rapid breaths and their bodies were rapidly shaking.”

During a license check of Alcala, it was found he has a criminal history for immigration violations.

When Cruz told the trooper he had a small bag of marijuana in the vehicle, the trooper informed them a probable cause search would be conducted.

During that search, troopers allegedly found 32 heat-sealed bags filled with methamphetamine, weighing 33.2 pounds. They also found a half-gram of cocaine and a small bag of marijuana.

A jury trial has been set for later this spring.


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