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Grand Island Man Sentenced for Methamphetamine Possession

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nebraska

Acting United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Michael Eugene West, 39, of Grand Island, Nebraska, was sentenced on September 28, 2022, in federal court in Lincoln, Nebraska, for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  United States District Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced West to 112 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system.  After his release from prison, West will begin a 4-year term of supervised release.

On July 26, 2021, West was driving a vehicle in Grand Island when a police officer attempted to stop him.  West continued driving for several blocks before stopping.  He was arrested on an outstanding warrant.  Later that evening, the police received a phone call from a resident who found a bag of suspected drugs on the sidewalk, which they left there for police to retrieve.  During a phone call from the jail, West admitted that he threw the drugs out of the window.  The police officer reviewed his cruiser video and also found that, before West stopped his vehicle, a small white item can be seen coming out of the vehicle and hitting the mailbox right where the methamphetamine was found.  The substance was sent to the lab for testing where it was confirmed to be 24 grams of actual or pure methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by the Grand Island Police Department and TRIDENT, Tri Cities Drug Enforcement Team.

Updated October 12, 2022

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