Five arrested after Nebraska troopers find meth during traffic stop

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KCAU) — Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) troopers arrested five people following a traffic stop near McCook.

According to a release, around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, a trooper performed a traffic stop on a Dodge Journey near McCook on Highway 6 that was driving without its lights on. The vehicle also had no license plates. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected that the driver was impaired.

The trooper arrested the driver, Andrew Blume, 42, of Indianola, for driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, driving under suspension, as well as traffic violations.

The trooper also located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in possession of the passengers. The four passengers were also arrested. The charges are as follows:

Jonathan Essex, 35, of McCook, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia

Timothy Jauken, 19, of McCook, possession of a controlled substance

Sheridan Stark, 23, of McCook, possession of a controlled substance

Elora Towne, 21, of Henderson, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia.

All five were lodged in Red Willow County Jail. The investigation remains ongoing.

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