Man sentenced in Nebraska for carrying 107 grams of meth in engine compartment


LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A California man will spend six years in prison for possessing almost 100 grams of pure methamphetamine.

George D. Licata was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Lincoln for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a meth mixture.

On Sept. 16, 2020, a Merrick County sheriff’s deputy pulled over Licata for a traffic violation, according to acting U.S. Attorney Steven Russell.

Licata consented to having his vehicle searched, and the deputy found several syringes in the trunk and six glass meth pipes in a box.

The deputy looked under the air filter in the engine compartment and found a plastic bag with a white crystal substance.

Lab testing found that there were 107 grams of meth in the bag. At least 96 grams were pure, authorities say.

U.S. District Judge John M. Gerrard also sentenced Licata to four years of post-release supervision.

There is no parole in the federal system.

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