A Scottsbluff man faces drug charges after police located “a dealer amount” of methamphetamine in his vehicle.
Brian Ross, 39, of Scottsbluff, was arraigned Monday on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, a Class IC felony, in Scotts Bluff County Court.
According to an arrest affidavit, Scottsbluff Police began an investigation after a man, Austen Ferguson, had fled Walmart after allegedly shoplifting more than $2,000 in merchandise on June 22. When the man was arrested, he allegedly had a methamphetamine pipe in his pocket.
A Scottsbluff Police officer said three witnesses had told him that as the man ran from the store, he had contacted people in a white SUV, telling them to get out of the area and meet him at Gamestop. Police made contact with the men, identified as Cleveland Burnett and Brian Ross.
Acting on information provided to police, officers searched Burnett who had 9 grams of suspected methamphetamine in his sock.
Ross, who owned the SUV but denied driving it, denied consent for police to search the vehicle. Officers seized the vehicle to get a search warrant, only allowing Ross to get personal items from the vehicle.
Police searched Ross’ vehicle on June 23, locating large amounts of suspected methamphetamine. According to the arrest affidavit, officers located 32.9 grams of methamphetamine. Officers described the amount as “not a user amount but consistent with a dealer amount” in the affidavit.
Bond in the case has been set at $100,000. He is next scheduled to appear in court on July 12.
Charges against Ferguson of theft by shoplifting, a Class IV felony; possession of a controlled substance, a Class IV felony; and obstructing a peace officer, a Class I misdemeanor, remain pending in Scotts Bluff County Court, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 12.
Cleveland Burnett, 49, faces trial in Scotts Bluff County District Court on charges of possession of a controlled substance, a Class IV felony; resisting arrest, a Class I misdemeanor; assault of an officer, a Class IIIA felony. He has also been charged as a habitual criminal, which would result in a sentence enhancement if he is convicted.