Posted 11 months ago
By John Axtell
18-year old Brody Gramberg of Chadron and a 17-year old boy from Scottsbluff, whose name has not been released, were arrested Wednesday on felony charges of Possession of MDMA…more often called Ecstasy or Molly…and Possession and Delivery of LSD.
Two Sidney residents…31-year old Jennifer Cartwright and 30-year Walter Fischer…were arrested Thursday are each charged with possession of a controlled substance.
All four suspects in the two cities are being held on $50,000 bail each.
Nebraska State Patrol Sgt Dana Korell, commander of the WING Task Force, says when Chadron officers went to a residence Monday morning in response to the missing juvenile call, they found the missing teen but also smelled the odor of marijuana.
While the missing juvenile was transported to Chadron Community Hospital and treated for LSD chemical toxicity before being released, authorities obtained and served a search warrant at the residence.
Seized were Psilocybin mushrooms, an unknown white powdery substance, less than an ounce of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a scale, and packaging material frequently used with marijuana.
Sgt Korell says the initial investigation and search warrant allowed WING investigators to set up the purchase of ten hits of LSD. After the buy, assisted by Chadron officers and the State Patrol, they arrested Gramberg and the 17-year old from Scottsbluff.
On Wednesday, WING investigators served three more search warrants, one on a Ford Explorer belonging to the 17 year old, one on a Dodge Durango belonging to Granberg, and one on an apartment in Chadron. They seized more suspected drugs…LSD and MDMA…and a marijuana pipe in the juvenile’s SUV while Gramberg’s yielded less than an ounce of marijuana as well as marijuana pipes and paraphernalia.
Sgt Korell says the investigation continued in Chadron late into Wednesday evening with investigators developing information that deliveries of the drugs had come from a man in Sidney. Officers there obtained a search warrant for the man’s home and found Cartwright and Fischer on the property in a camper in an outbuilding.
When police searched that building, they located a small box containing a digital scale and a methamphetamine pipe. Fischer and Cartwright denied any knowledge of the items, but were arrested.
Korrell says the investigation is continuing and thinks there will likely be more arrests in the future. He says LSD, MDMA, and psilocybin mushrooms are all extremely dangerous, making investigations and arrests of this type “significant” from the standpoint of their use and availability.
Korrell also says Chadron has been an interesting area for WING because it seems to be the only area in the Panhandle where investigators consistently and commonly see LSD and mushrooms.
The WING/HITDA Drug and Violent Crime Task Force is partially funded by the Nebraska Crime Commission, which announced Monday that WING’s grant would more than double for the coming fiscal year from $70,000 to $140,000.