Simon pleads not guilty to trafficking meth in Falls City

FALLS CITY – Chance  Simon, 38, of Falls City entered not guilty pleas Tuesday in Richardson County District Court to four different cases alleging methamphetamine trafficking.

Judge Julie Smith told Simon he faces a mandatory minimum of three years in prison and a maximum of 50 years on each of four separate charges of intent to deliver.

Court records say the Richardson County Sheriff’s Office provided money to a confidential informant to purchase meth from Simon.

Prosecutors say a confidential informant purchased meth at a Chase Street residence in 2020, following a van connection on May 16 of 2021 and after a bicycle connection behind a convenience store on May 30.

On June 2, a sheriff’s deputy pulled over Simon on outstanding warrants.

An arrest affidavit says a Brown County Sheriff’s Office K9 assisted in a search of his vehicle, which yielded nearly seven grams of meth.

Simon’s bond was affirmed Tuesday with a $3,000 provision. The state alleges that two of the controlled buys were within 1,000 feet of playgrounds.