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North Platte Man Sentenced for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

Acting United States Attorney Steven A. Russell announced that Merrill Johnston, 38, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.  Chief United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter Jr. sentenced Johnston to 168 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system.  After his release from prison, he will begin a five-year term of supervised release.

On September 13, 2019, officers from the North Platte Police Department were called to Johnston’s apartment for a domestic disturbance.  Officers secured the residence for a search warrant. The search revealed 400 grams of actual methamphetamine in the apartment and a firearm was located under the couch.  In addition, $7,100.00 in U.S. currency was seized and forfeited to the United States.    

This case was investigated by the North Platte Police Department.

Updated July 28, 2022

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