Man gets 13 years after being found with 14 pounds of drugs near Grand Island

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A San Francisco man will spend over a decade in prison after being caught with several pounds of meth in Grand Island, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Ricardo Jiminez-Noveno, 29, was sentenced Monday in Lincoln to 13 years in prison for possession of 500 grams or more of meth.

He was also sentenced on cocaine and marijuana charges, along with intent to distribute, the attorney’s office said.

In November 2021, Jiminez-Noveno and two other accomplices were driving on Interstate 80 near Grand Island when a trooper pulled them over for speeding.

As the trooper approached the vehicle, he smelled marijuana and saw a bag of it inside the car, the attorney’s office said.

Troopers then searched the vehicle and found a Mason jar containing marijuana and a backpack that held a meth pipe.

In the trunk, troopers found about 8.5 pounds of meth, 5.5 pounds of marijuana and 10.8 ounces of cocaine, according to the attorney’s office.

Jiminez-Noveno will serve a five-year term of supervised release after his prison sentence.

There is no parole in the federal system.

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