Posted 2 months ago
By John Axtell
Chadron police and investigators from the WING Drug and Violent Crime Task Force arrested two adults and a juvenile while citing a third adult Thursday afternoon in two unrelated cases.
Chadron Police Chief Tim Lordino says his department called in WING after receiving information of an alleged marijuana-growing operation in a trailer at the Pony Park trailer court, across 10th Street from Wilson Park.
WING Investigators contacted the occupants, smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside, and obtained a search warrant.
Lordino says officers seized 12 live marijuana plants, grow lights, plant food, potting mix, FedEx packaging boxes, cellular phones, and pipes believed used to smoke marijuana.
As a result, WING agents arrested 18-year old Chasity Conklin and 20-year old Taquan Kelly, both for manufacturing marijuana within 1000 feet of a park.
While the search of the trailer was underway, WING agents also set up a purchase of marijuana from another trailer at Pony Park and made a buy from a 16-year old boy…who was stopped by Chadron police as he left.
Both the teen and a passenger, 18-year old Karlon Stark were taken to the Chadron police station while the vehicle was towed to impound and searched after a warrant was obtained.
Lordino says officers found a bundle of similarly-packaged baggies of suspected marijuana along with two suspected marijuana pipes, other plastic sandwich baggies containing less than an ounce of marijuana and two cellular phones.
Stark was cited and released for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, while the 16-year old was arrested and taken to the Scotts Bluff County Youth Detention Center.
This is the 25th year of operation for WING, which is jointly funded by cities and counties in the Panhandle as well federal grants passed throught the Nebraska Crime Commission.
Chief Lordino says that working together and establishing cooperative relationships between agencies and the public, WING has brought to bear “a significant amount manpower and experience” to identify and arrest drug dealers across the region.
He also says that neighborhoods and communities can be made safer by targeting drug sales, which are often involved with other crimes, so he encourages citizens “to be vigilant in reporting drug activity and suspicious behavior in their neighborhood to their local law enforcement agency.”