Hastings man sentenced for meth bust

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A Hastings man has been sentenced to prison for a meth bust from last year.

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Elmer Alexander Andrade to imprisonment for 175 months, to be followed by a 5-year term of supervised release.

Andrade was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21 U.S.C. § 846.

On January 18, 2018, a Nebraska State Trooper stopped a black Ford Expedition in Hall County, driven by Andrade, for a traffic violation.

Investigators searched the Expedition and recovered approximately 55 pounds of methamphetamine. Investigators subsequently executed a search warrant at an apartment in Hastings.

Among the items seized from the apartment were narcotics packaging material, a scale, police scanners, ledgers, $17,820 in United States Currency, and an AR-15 firearm.

The case was investigated by the Central Nebraska Drug and Safe Streets Task Force.