AUBURN – A Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office investigation into a misplaced wallet led to the discovery of about 180 uses of methamphetamine with a street value estimated over $4,000.
Deputies arrested 37-year-old Brandy Newland of Auburn and 46-year-old William Dunkin of Knob Noster, Mo., on Jan. 24 while trying to find a wallet that a customer had left on the counter of Casey’s General Store.
A store surveillance camera showed a woman taking the wallet from the counter. Deputies were hoping to identify her when store employees called to say she had returned the following day.
During a traffic stop, deputies say a passenger got out of Newland’s car and began running on foot.
Deputies caught up to Dunkin, who reported he had a concealed handgun with him. Deputies say they also found marijuana, methamphetamine, heroine and prescription drugs on his person.
Newland was arrested at the scene of the traffic stop.
Sheriff Brent Lottman said the case is an example of regular police work resulting in drugs being taken off the street.
Lottman: “They have to transport it, so you have people driving drunk who have drugs on them. You have people with suspended licenses. You have people not using turn signals. You have people speeding. I mean, ultimately, in a lot of these drug crimes, it’s the small stuff that leads to the bigger stuff.”
The affidavit says police found 45.6 grams of meth in eight separate bags, and 37 grams of marijuana in three bags. The meth would account for about 180 total uses and has an estimated street value of $4,000.
Lottman said he is not surprised to see the quantity of drugs going through Auburn, noting that Highway 75 is a “back-roads” connection between Kansas City and Omaha, and has traffic from Topeka and Tulsa.
Lottmann: “ I don’t know if I would be shocked, but I think it would probably be a little bit scary to know how much gets through everywhere.”
Dunkin is charged with seven counts of possession and counts of delivery, possession of a firearm and criminal impersonation.
Preliminary hearings are scheduled in Nemaha County Court on March 7.