SIDNEY — Three people face federal charges after being found in possession of several pounds of methamphetamine in Sidney on May 10.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Nebraska announced Thursday that a grand jury had indicted Ashley Whited, age 30, of Sidney; Francisco Herrera, 35, of Sterling, Colorado; and Jared Schaefer, 26, of Sidney, are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, beginning on or about March 2019 and continuing to on or about May 2019.

According to an arrest affidavit filed in Cheyenne County Court, officers with the Sidney Police Department, Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol located more than one pund of metamphetamine in a Sidney home after searching the home during an investigation.

Officers had been surveilling a home at 2200 Illinois St. when they observed a woman and two men coming in and out of the home. One of the men, who was driving a Colorado vehicle, had been carrying a large backpack as he exited the home and left it.

Police executed a search warrant at the home, finding a total of one pound of methamphetamine in the upstairs of the residence and additional quantities of methamphetamine in baggies and containers on a table in the living room. Officers described the living room and dining room area as “set up in a way that indicated it was used for drug sales. A table was set up in the middle of the living room area with one chair behind it and a stool and chair in front. Authorities located $140 in cash and a pay-owe sheet on the table. No television, couch or chairs that would normally be seen in a residential home where located," according to the arrest affidavit.

Authorities also located three loaded pistols in the home.

Police also searched the vehicle, recovering 10 bundles of suspected methamphetamine hidden in the rear of the vehicle. Each bundled weighed about a pound.

If the three are convicted on the conspiracy charge, the maximum possible penalty is 40 years’ imprisonment, $5,000,000 fine, four-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

Herrera is also charged with a second count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, a five-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

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