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Two arrested after State Patrol finds 20 pounds of meth buried in northeast Nebraska field

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Two people were arrested Wednesday morning after troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol found more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine, three grams of fentanyl and a stolen cattle prod in a field.

Residents of rural Winside, a town of just over 600 people northeast of Norfolk, reported two suspicious people on their property at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Troopers responded and located Oscar Villa, 36, and Johana Madrid, 27, both of Los Angeles, on the property.

During the investigation, troopers discovered a bag of suspected methamphetamine, a hand gun and a cattle prod that had been stolen from another farm. The owner of the cattle prod found a second bag containing one-half pound of suspected methamphetamine in the truck where he stored the cattle prod.

Troopers found an additional 20 pounds of methamphetamine buried in a nearby field along with three grams of suspected fentanyl.

Villa was lodged in the Antelope County jail on suspicion of making terroristic threats, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, use of a firearm to commit a felony and other citations.

Madrid was lodged in the Dakota County jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft.

Reach the writer at 402-473-2657 or jebbers@journalstar.com

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