Lincoln man gets five years in prison for possessing meth

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Lincoln man will spend five years in prison for being in possession of meth, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

Michael Ray Ernst, 65, was sentenced for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of pure meth.

On Aug. 30, 2021, the Lincoln/Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant at Ernst’s apartment in Lincoln.

In Ernst’s bedroom, investigators found 118 grams of meth, which the attorney’s office said contained at least 51 grams of pure meth.

Authorities also found plastic baggies, scales with residue, meth pipes and suspected drug records, according to the attorney’s office.

Ernst’s cell phone had several messages with another person regarding drug sales.

After his prison sentence, Ernst will serve a four-year term of supervised release.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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