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Two face federal drug charges in connection with Banner County arrest

May 24, 2019

SCOTTSBLUFF — A Nebraska grand jury indicted a Scottsbluff man and a Box Elder, South Dakota, woman on drug charges stemming from their arrest in Banner County in March where they were allegedly in possession of large quantities of methamphetamine.

Justin Zambrowski, 42, and Rachael Wasserburger, 23, were indicted Wednesday in the United States court for the District of Nebraska on charges of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about March 20.

According to an arrest affidavit filed in Banner County Court stemming from the March 20 arrest, Zambrowski and Wasserburger had been arrested after a Nebraska State Patrol trooper found them asleep in a vehicle on County Road 14, near County 65.

A passerby had reported witnessing a purple Acura parked on the county road and two people were asleep in the vehicle. The trooper contacted the driver, who was identified as Zambrowski, and Wasserburger, who was the passenger, and asked about their whereabouts. Zambrowski and Wasserburger both said they were coming from and heading to Scottsbluff, but Wasserburger also indicated they had been driving all night.

The trooper asked if Wasserburger and Zambrowski had anything illegal in the vehicle, which they denied, and Wasserburger gave the trooper permission to search her belongings. As the woman walked away, the trooper observed a small plastic baggie on the ground that contained a substance believed to be methamphetamine. Both Zambrowski and Wasserburger were arrested. Wasserburger also allegedly had baggies of suspected methamphetamine that she pulled from her pocket and the trooper found two additional baggies of methamphetamine, a pipe, syringes and other paraphernalia during a search of the car and a UHaul that also had been at the site.

As a tow druck driver loaded the Acura to be towed, he allegedly discovered a large ball, completely wrapped in electric tape, of suspected meth under the car.

The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, $5,000,000 fine, 4-year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

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