Clark Charged with Felony Drug Distribution
Convicted of Similar Charge in June 2017
By SHAUN FRIEDRICHSEN
Blaze Clark, 22, of Alliance, is facing two felony distribution of a controlled substance charges after he was taken into custody in Feb. These charges come on the heels of a 2017 case in which he was found guilty of attempted distribution of a controlled substance, for which he was sentenced to 18 months of probation in District Court.
Currently, Clark’s new case is in Box Butte County Court, and he is charged with two counts of distribution of a controlled substance, each a class 3A felony.
According to the Affidavit in Support for an Arrest Warrant, the charges stem from an investigation in connection with the Western Nebraska Intelligence and Narcotics Group. On March 15, 2018, an officer with the Alliance Police Department made contact with an informant regarding the controlled purchase of marijuana.
On that day, the officer observed the informant conduct a controlled buy from a person identified as Blaze Clark, which yielded 1.03 grams of marijuana. Another controlled purchase was arranged on May 14 where 7.7 grams of marijuana was purchased from Clark by an informant. An arrest warrant was issued on Feb. 26, 2019 for Clark, and he was arrested soon thereafter. If he is found guilty of the charges, Clark faces up to three years in prison for each charge.
In the previous case, Clark was charged with distributing oxycodone and marijuana in a school zone, each a class 2 felony. According to court records, those charges come as the result of two incidents in January 2017.
Through a plea agreement in District Court, the charges were reduced to one count of attempted distribution of marijuana, a class 3A felony. He was found guilty, and District Court Judge Travis O’Gorman sentenced him to serve 18 months of probation beginning on Sept. 25, 2017.