Local Bust Becomes Federal Case

Federal indictment and a plea in two methamphetamine manufacturing cases. Both Plattsmouth men were arrested by local law enforcement on August 28th of this year.

The Cassgram reports the arrests happened after a suspicious activity report at the Midwest Farmers Coop at Mynard that day. Cass County sheriff’s deputies and Plattsmouth police officers began searching for the suspects as they traveled back into the Plattsmouth area. The vehicle they were in was stopped near Rhylander Park. Deputies found evidence that anhydrous ammonia tanks at the coop had been tampered with.

Cass County Attorney Nathan Cox said the men had previously been under surveillance by narcotics investigators. The investigators had been gathering evidence in establishing meth manufacturing cases against the men.

---A grand jury in Nebraska has returned a federal indictment against 44-year-old David Alberts. He is now charged with conspiring with others to manufacture and attempt to manufacture methamphetamine beginning on or about October, 2011, and continuing to do so until on or about August 28, 2012. The maximum possible penalty includes imprisonment of up to 20 years, a $1 million fine, a 5 year term of supervised released and a $100 special assessment.

Indictments are charging documents that contain one or more individual counts that are merely accusations, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

There was a Nebraska Class II Felony charge against Alberts but Cox said that charge is being dismissed as the case shifts to federal court.

---23-year-old Joshua Cuthill was in Cass County District Court last week. He pled guilty to a Nebraska Class III Felony count. A Class II Felony was amended to the Class III as part of a plea agreement. The plea agreement also includes a joint recommendation of probation.

Cox said Cuthill agreed to cooperate in the federal case against Alberts.

Cuthill had been in custody at the Cass County Jail since his arrest. After the plea was entered, his cash bond was adjusted to a personal recognizance bond and he agreed to reside with a relative in Plattsmouth while awaiting his sentencing hearing which was set for January 7th.

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