With two felony cases wrapped up in Box Butte County District Court, and a misdemeanor case in Box Butte County Court, Matthew Landreth is now facing a new felony case.
In the case in county Landreth is charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class 4 felony. According to the Affidavit for Custody, on Nov. 8, at 11:24 p.m., an officer with the Alliance Police Department was traveling through the alley in the 500 block of Box Butte Avenue, when they noticed a vehicle blocking another alley. The officer said they saw two people walking away from the vehicle.
The officer made contact with Landreth at the rear of the vehicle. Another officer arrived on scene, and observed a glass bong with burnt, white powdery residue in the cup holder of the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and found a bag with “a notebook with the name ‘Matt Landreth’ on it.” Officers also found a glass pipe in the bag that had a substance which field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
In a continued search of the bag, officers found multiple small bags, a tooter straw and a “small metal funnel with burnt/white powdery residue.”
In the first District Court case, Landreth was found guilty of possession of methamphetamine, and driving under suspension, a class 3 misdemeanor.
According to the Affidavit for Custody in this case, on Feb. 28, a trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol was advised that a truck tractor pulling a grain trailer on Highway 26 went into oncoming traffic, causing a school bus to go onto the shoulder and into the ditch to avoid the vehicle.
The trooper spotted the vehicle heading northbound on Highway 385, and initiated a traffic stop. During the stop, the driver told the trooper that he did not have his license with him. The driver was requested to exit the vehicle and return to the patrol unit. While in contact with the driver, the trooper noticed the driver was displaying anxiety, and other indications of drug use.
The trooper requested a K-9 unit to sniff the vehicle. With the information provided, the trooper identified the driver as Landreth and learned that his license was suspended. Landreth was taken into custody for driving under suspension. The trooper asked Landreth for consent to search the vehicle, but Landreth denied the request.
An officer with the Alliance Police Department completed the sniff of the vehicle with the K-9. The K-9 indicated the presence of drugs during the sniff, and the trooper conducted a search, which yielded a glass pipe with residue in the console and a black bag. Upon searching the black bag, the trooper located a cigarette carton that contained a clear plastic bag, a tooter straw and crystalline residue that was identified as methamphetamine.
Landreth was sentenced to serve two years probation in the case, as well as have his license revoked for 60 days.
In the second District Court case, Landreth was found guilty of possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana, an infraction.
According to court records, the case arises from a traffic stop in May. Landreth was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for speeding. Landreth was asked to exit the vehicle as a search was conducted. The officer found a satchel on the floor of the front passenger side, and opened it. Inside was a plastic case what contained a glass pipe with residue, which field-tested positive as methamphetamine.
There was also a fixed-blade knife 5.5 inches long. The driver said the satchel belonged to Landreth. When asked about the pipe and the residue, Landreth said it may have been an old one of his.
He was placed under arrest, and he was searched. The officer confiscated a plastic bag with a substance that field-tested positive as marijuana, and a small jewelry bag with a white powdery substance weighing 0.5 grams.
Landreth was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a deadly weapon while committing a felony, a class 3 felony, possession of marijuana, an infraction, and possession of drug paraphernalia, an infraction.
Through a plea agreement, the charges of possession of a deadly weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia were dropped. Landreth was sentenced to two years probation and fined $300.
In a misdemeanor case in Box Butte County Court, Landreth was fined $175 after being found guilty of driving under suspension and operating a vehicle without proof of ownership, a class 3 misdemeanor.