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Two people arrested in September following a drug investigation in Liberty pleaded not guilty to charges Wednesday in Gage County District Court.

Nathanuel Workman entered not guilty pleas to charges of possession of a controlled substance, negligent child abuse, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kristy A. Forke is charged with possession of a controlled substance, negligent child abuse, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia following her arrest earlier this year.

Forke pleaded not guilty and also denied violating her probation in a separate case in which she was sentenced to two years of probation in May for attempted forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument, attempted unauthorized use of a financial transaction device and criminal possession of a financial transaction device.

In that case she was convicted of a check scheme at Wymore Express.

Forke was contacted in September regarding a probation search at 109 Eighth St. in Liberty, the residence of Wayne and Cindy Forke. During the probation search of the basement deputies found a glass methamphetamine pipe, black case with another glass pipe, a straw and two empty baggies with residue that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Court documents state the basement had insects crawling around and the bed and crib of a 2-year-old child were unsanitary.

A search warrant was subsequently obtained for the entire residence, while child protective services assisted with placement for the child.

Several pills, methamphetamine and items of drug paraphernalia were ultimately found, and six people were arrested related to the search.

Workman and Forke are both due back in court on Jan. 16.

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