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Threat, bribe alleged in effort to get two drug suspects out of Hamilton County jail

Threat, bribe alleged in effort to get two drug suspects out of Hamilton County jail

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Three people threatened and offered to bribe a Hamilton County employee in an effort to gain the release of two people who had been jailed on a drug-related offense, the Nebraska State Patrol said Friday.

On the morning of Nov. 5, the patrol said, a trooper found 14 pounds of methamphetamine and two handguns in a vehicle during a traffic stop along Interstate 80 near Giltner, which is about 20 miles southeast of Grand Island. A 28-year-old and a 33-year-old, both of Albuquerque, New Mexico, were arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during a drug violation and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The two were taken to the Hamilton County Jail.

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The Nebraska State Patrol arrested two people after finding 14 pounds of methamphetamine and two handguns during a traffic stop on I-80 near Giltner.

On Nov. 14, a county employee reported that three people had come to her home, threatened her and offered her money to release the two people from jail.

Aurora police found the three people and took them into custody, the patrol said. A 20-year-old was arrested on suspicion of bribery, conspiracy to commit a felony, aiding and abetting the consummation of a felony, permitting or facilitating an escape and making terroristic threats. The two others, a 19-year-old and a 21-year-old, were arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting terroristic threats. All three were taken to the County Jail.

Officials transferred the two people who had been arrested during the traffic stop to jails in other counties.

The county employee’s identity and job are not being released to protect her, the patrol said.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating the case.

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Bob Glissmann helps cover public safety and weather events as an editor on The World-Herald's breaking news desk. Follow him on Twitter @BobGlissmann. Phone: 402-444-1109.

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