A Beatrice man pleaded not guilty to multiple charges related to drugs and a weapon violation in District Court Wednesday.
Brian A. Hunkins, 46, entered the pleas to charges of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, drug distribution, possession of a legend drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A status hearing is set for Oct. 4 in the case.
Hunkins was arrested in early March after being found hiding in a closet while authorities were searching for another man accused of crashing into a Beatrice building and leaving the scene.
Deputies and the U.S. Marshal’s Metro Area Fugitive Task Force went to 212 N. Ninth St. in Wymore searching for man suspected in the crash after the departments obtained information that he was associated with someone who lives at the residence.
A female resident answered the door and gave authorities permission to search the residence, according to Gage County Court documents.
During the search, authorities found Hunkins hiding in a bedroom closet.
In the same bedroom and in plain view was a H&R 922 revolver in an open safe within reach of Hunkins, who is a convicted felon prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Deputies also observed multiple glass pipes and prescription pill bottles.
The female resident gave authorities consent to further search for drugs, court documents state, and 3.2 grams of methamphetamine was recovered, along with a digital scale and $724 cash.
One of the pill bottles found contained 58 Vioxx pills, a legend drug. Another $31 and a baggie with white residue were found in a vehicle in the garage.