Man caught with 33 pounds of meth in York County changes plea

YORK COUNTY – A man caught hauling 33 pounds of methamphetamine in York County changed his plea this week and now stands guilty of a Class 1D felony and a Class 1 misdemeanor.

The case against Uriel Alcala, 28, whose address is listed as California in court documents, initially involved 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.

The driver was identified as Uriel Alcala, who said his mother had rented the vehicle. The passenger was identified as Christofer Cruz, 30, of California. 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 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.

This week, as part of a plea agreement, the charges were amended to possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver 10-28 grams of methamphetamine, a Class 1D felony, and attempted possession of a controlled substance, a Class 1 misdemeanor. Uriel pleaded no contest to both charges.

Sentencing has been set for Aug. 26.

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