Drug charges in Furnas County

Friday, December 15, 2017

BEAVER CITY, Neb. — Furnas County Sheriff’s Department officers have investigated three incidents involving narcotics since the first of the month. The Nebraska State Patrol assisted with one incident.

Sheriff Kurt Kapperman reports:

— On Nov. 25, the Furnas County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Anew Travel Center in Cambridge about theft by shoplifting, and upon investigation, officers identified the suspect involved.

On Dec. 3, officers executed a search warrant for stolen property at 412 Randolph Avenue in Holbrook where their person of interest, Kay Swartz, 57, was home at the time. Officers discovered what they suspected to be methamphetamine, sought a second search warrant for illegal narcotics and seized suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Swartz was arrested and jailed on one count of possession of controlled substance, a class IV felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, an infraction. Swartz’s bond was set at $15,000/10 percent and she appeared in Furnas County Court on Dec. 11, pleading guilty to a class I misdemeanor. Swartz is still incarcerated and awaiting sentencing.

— On Dec. 5, at approximately 7:56 p.m., officers executed a search warrant issued as part of a narcotics investigation at 609 Norwich, Holbrook.

At the time the search warrant was executed, the residence was occupied by two adult females, one identified as 47-year-old Teresa J. Nelson. Nelson had an active warrant for failure to appear in Furnas County Court on a traffic violation.

A search was completed of the residence and turned up suspected methamphetamine, suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Nelson was arrested and lodged in jail for the outstanding warrant, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of black tar heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nelson’s bond was set at $150,000/10 percent and she was scheduled for arraignment Dec. 11. She posted bond and was released from custody.

Possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute is a class II A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, possession of heroin is a III A felony punishable by up to three years in prison and possession of drug paraphernalia is an infraction punishable by up to $100 fine.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled in Furnas County Court on Jan. 8 at 10 a.m.

— On Dec. 11 at approximately 7:29 p.m., officers executed a search warrant at 71932 Road 425, Arapahoe, as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation, as well as searching for a fugitive out of Kansas. The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Nebraska State Patrol.

William R. Dale, 54, of Norton, Kan., is a fugitive from justice with an outstanding Kansas warrant for his arrest for possession of a narcotic drug, not heroin, with intent to distribute, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hallucinogenic drug, second offense, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A search of the residence, vehicles and buildings on the property turned up suspected methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Also located was a machete in Dale’s vehicle. Dale is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing such weapons, Sheriff Kapperman said.

Dale was taken into custody for the warrant as well as charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, heroin, possession of a deadly weapon by a felon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The owner of the residence, Amy L. Heidemann, 41, of Arapahoe, was taken into custody and charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Two children were also at the residence at the time of the execution of the search warrant. Both children were removed from the residence and placed into the custody of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Bond for Dale and Heidemann has been set at $25,000/10 percent each. Each will be arraigned at a later date in the Furnas County Court.

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