Two men facing drug charges after separate Tuesday incidents in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Neb. – Two men are in custody and facing drug charges after separate Tuesday night incidents.

Shortly before 8:00, a Norfolk Police officer was handling a call on W. Norfolk Ave when the officer’s attention was drawn to a car revving its engine in the parking lot. The officer recognized the car as belonging to 61-year-old Leon Christiansen, who had an active Wayne County warrant against him. Christiansen was taken into custody, and in a subsequent search, officers reportedly recovered a plastic straw containing a crystalline rock substance that tested positive for methamphetamine from his pant pocket. He now faces charges of possession of a controlled substance.

Shortly before midnight, a Norfolk Police officer conducted a traffic stop on S. 3rd Street. The driver was identified as Derek R. Pedroza, 34, of Pierce. A check of his license showed that it was currently under suspension. He was arrested and taken into custody for driving under suspension. In a subsequent search of the car, officers recovered several hypodermic needles, a digital scale & glass pipe containing methamphetamine residue, a bag containing marijuana, and several other items of drug paraphernalia. Pedroza was then also arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

Both were housed in the Norfolk City Jail and later transferred to the Madison County Jail.