Search of Falls City apartment yields about 54 grams of meth

FALLS CITY – Tenants of a Falls City apartment face a mandatory minimum of five years in prison on methamphetamine charges filed in Richardson County.

Daniel Lock, 33, and Taylor Zimmerling, 25, were located in bed and handcuffed  during a search of their Chase Street residence on June 3.

Court records say Richardson County sheriff’s deputies found about 54 grams of meth in the bed with them.

Deputy Richardson County Attorney Samantha Scheitel filed charges of possession of more than 28 grams and less than 139 grams. The charges carry a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 50 years.

Deputies also allege $1,500 in cash was found in Lock’s possession at the county jail. The state has filed additional felony charges alleging possession of money during a drug crime.

Deputies also seized multiple scanners they say were used to monitor law enforcement radio traffic during the distribution of methamphetamine.

Zimmerling has entered not guilty pleas and is scheduled for a court hearing on Aug. 31.  Judge Julie Smith removed a provision in Zimmerling’s bond that she not leave Nebraska after Zimmerling signed a waiver of extradition.

Arrest records indicate that both suspects are from Hiawatha, Kan.