A Kearney woman will be sentenced in November after drugs and weapons were found in her vehicle during a traffic stop in Beatrice last year.

Morgan L. Kriz, 26, entered no contest pleas to four charges in Gage County District Court on Thursday. She will be sentenced on Nov. 2.

The pleas were entered to charges of possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, two counts possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

She was arrested following a May 2016 traffic stop by the Nebraska State Patrol trooper at Sixth and Jefferson streets in Beatrice.

At around 2:30 a.m., a trooper saw a southbound Honda Accord that was speeding.

The trooper initiated a traffic stop and suspected the smell of marijuana from the vehicle, but was unable to properly identify it.

Kriz denied the presence of drugs and denied the trooper consent to search the vehicle.

He requested a K-9 unit, which indicated the presence of drugs to officers, according to Gage County Court documents.

During a search, authorities found 8.7 grams of methamphetamine, 8.3 grams of loose-leaf marijuana, eight edible THC pieces, 7.5 grams of cocaine, 5.5 milliliters of hash oil and 1 gram of hash wax.

Authorities also found empty dime bags stored with the drugs, as well as a knife and brass knuckles in the vehicle.



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