3 arrested after drug investigations
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3 arrested after drug investigations

Three people were arrested Wednesday after Gage County sheriff’s deputies served warrants on two residences following investigations into drug distribution.

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, deputies and Beatrice Police Department executed a search warrant at 712 Scott St. in Beatrice.

During the search, a marijuana pipe was also found in the pocket of Ashley Maher, 30, who lived at the residence.

On a nightstand in a bedroom, a tin can with a metal containing suspected marijuana residue was located next to a lid of a baby bottle along with baby food, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

A broken meth pipe was also located in Maher' s bedroom.

On the second floor, additional broken meth pipes were located in a bedroom found to be occupied by Taylor Smith. Maher's 1-year-old son was discovered on the first floor of the residence and he was removed from the home and turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services for placement.

Maher's other children were not in the residence at the time but were found to also have bedrooms on the second floor.

Both Maher and Smith were arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Maher was also arrested for maintaining a drug house and child abuse.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, deputies served a search warrant at 712 N. Eighth St. in Wymore.

A press release stated that during a search of the residence, David Shepardson was located in the garage and detained.

During a search of the garage investigators located two baggies containing approximately 3.9 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a digital scale, 39 unused plastic zip-lock baggies, a methamphetamine pipe, and $352 in cash investigators believe was from methamphetamine sales.

The residence is across the street from Arbor State Park, which places it within 1,000 feet of a playground. Shepardson was lodged at the Gage County jail for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver near a playground, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug money and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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