A Beatrice man will be sentenced in January for drug possession after a plea agreement was reached in District Court Monday, one day before a jury trial was scheduled in the case.

Dusty G. Mayhew, 51, pleaded no contest to a charge of possession of methamphetamine, a class 4 felony. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 3.

Per the plea agreement with prosecutors, a second charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was dismissed. A habitual criminal enhancement will also not apply at the time of sentencing in the case.

A warrant was issued for Mayhew after deputies interviewed another man in a burglary case who said Mayhew typically hid stolen items and methamphetamine high in Mayhew’s residence so they wouldn’t be found.

Deputies went to his residence and were given permission by a female resident to search the home, according to the warrant.

On top of the kitchen cabinets, deputies found three silver spoons, two of which had white residue, and an empty syringe.

Elsewhere in the residence, deputies found methamphetamine in a ceramic container, three more syringes and five empty plastic baggies with a white residue. The residue field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Mayhew has a separate case in District Court scheduled for a jury trial beginning Dec. 13. He’s charged with burglary from last December in that case.

Mayhew was sentenced in September in another case to two years in prison followed by 48 months of post-release supervision for failing to properly register as a sex offender.

He was sentenced to three months in prison on a separate charge of driving under suspension in that case, with the sentences being served concurrently.

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