Nebraska man sentenced to over six years in prison on meth charge

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Superior man will serve over six years behind bars after a dog sniffed out meth inside his parked vehicle, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

Joseph Harwell, 40, was sentenced Wednesday to 76 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine.

On April 4, 2021, a Beatrice police officer saw Harwell walk away after parking his vehicle, a press release said.

The officer brought a K9 to sniff around the vehicle, and it detected the presence of drugs inside.

Harwell was found and detained by an officer as the vehicle was searched, according to the press release.

Inside, officers found a backpack containing suspected meth, a digital scale with suspected drug residue and zip-close bags.

A lab later confirmed that there were 140 grams of pure meth in the mixture, the press release said.

After serving the prison sentence, Harwell will be put on supervised release for five years.

There is no parole in the federal system.

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