Sentencing set in illegal drug stamp, meth possession case

Monday, August 22, 2016

McCOOK, Neb. -- A plea agreement was reached earlier this month in Red Willow County District Court with a man facing a felony charge for not having a state-issued illegal drug stamp, among other offenses.

The man, 20-year-old Jacob A. Cash, was subsequently scheduled for sentencing on a pair of Class IV felony offenses; for not having an illegal drug stamp and for possession of methamphetamine. The plea agreement reduced the meth possession charge from a Class 2A felony alleging possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, in addition to dismissing a misdemeanor offense alleging he was driving on a suspended license and infractions alleging possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cash was subsequently scheduled for sentencing on the drug stamp and meth possession felonies at 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 3, 2016.

The charges stemmed from Cash's arrest on June 15, 2016, on the 500 block of East E Street in McCook. Cash is described as a dealer in possession of a controlled substance without affixing the official stamp, label or another indicium, according to the charging document.

Arresting officers confiscated four baggies containing crystal meth; two syringes, one used with blood on it and another containing a liquid version of meth; several used and broken glass pipes; a green bottle containing raw marijuana; and a digital scale which tested positive for the presence of meth, according to court documents.

The little-known drug stamp offense stems from Nebraska state law requiring individuals have a $100 state-issued drug tax stamp on illegal drugs in their possession. The stamp doesn't legalize the product, but a person can be charged for not having one, according to a 2014 Omaha World-Herald report. The World-Herald report cites State Tax Commissioner Kim Conroy as indicating at-the-time Nebraska had collected $544,588 from evaders of the drug tax since it was signed into law in 1991.