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Rural Gering marijuana grow operation broken up by WING

Rural Gering marijuana grow operation broken up by WING
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Investigators with the WING Drug Task Force have arrested two men and broken up a marijuana growing operation in Scotts Bluff County.

This morning, members from WING, Nebraska State Patrol and the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant on a residence at 160283 County Road 20, outside of Gering.

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During the search, investigators found approximately 75 marijuana plants hidden behind a false wall in a potato cellar. Investigators also discovered a butane hash oil extraction lab, nine firearms, and a small amount of methamphetamine.

46-year-old Robert Newton and 50-year-old William Burkhardt, both of Gering, were arrested for cultivating marijuana, manufacturing hash, and possession of a controlled substance.

Both men were lodged in Scotts Bluff County Jail. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges could be added.

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