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Two people were arrested after law enforcement served a warrant in Beatrice related to drug distribution.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. on Thursday Gage County Sheriff’s deputies, along with assistance from the Beatrice Police Department, executed a search warrant at 910 Grant St. in Beatrice.

The search warrant was part of a joint investigation being conducted by the sheriff’s office and police department relating to marijuana distribution. During the execution of the search warrant, Armando Lerma, 38, of Beatrice, was found in possession of $10,495 in cash, which a press release stated is suspected profits from illegal drug distribution.

He was taken into custody and during the search of Lerma’s residence, deputies located four separate baggies of marijuana with a total weight of 389 grams, a heat-sealing machine, a small amount of methamphetamine, a digital scale, five jars of suspected mushroom spores and numerous items believed to be used to grow psilocybin mushrooms. Also located was a machete, a capsule of suspected Vyvanse, approximately 10 mg of suspected anabolic steroids, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

Lerma was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug money, manufacturing a controlled substance, three counts possession of a controlled substance, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, possession of marijuana, maintaining a drug house and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cherish Lovell, 27, of Wymore, was also located at the residence. Lovell had an active felony warrant from Lancaster County and she was placed into custody.

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