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Five arrested in WING bust in Sidney

March 27, 2019

SIDNEY — Five people were arrested Tuesday, March 26, on drug charges as the result of a Western Nebraska Narcotics Intelligence Group (WING) investigation.

Cheyenne County Attorney Paul Schaub confirmed the following arrests:

— Matthew L. Cleays, 25, has been charged with delivery of methamphetamine, a Class II felony.

According to an arrest affidavit provided by Cheyenne County Attorney Paul Schaub, an investigator with the WING task force, had arranged with an informant to purchase two grams of methamphetmine from Cleays at his Sidney residence on Nov. 6. The informant was surveilled during the buy and purchased $140 of methamphetamine, or 1.4 grams of methamphetamine, from Cleays at his residence in Sidney. Cleays and two other people were present during the buy.

Warrants for Cleays arrest were issued on March 22, according to Cheyenne County documents.

— Kandy L. Cook, 42, of Potter, has been charged with delivery/distribution of hydrocodone, a Class II felony.

According to an arrest affidavit, an informant contacted a Sidney Police sergeant and reported that they worked with Cook at a Sidney business. The informant alleged that Cook had offered to sell Vicodin tablets to the informant for $4 each. The informant alleged that Cook had told her she was taking the tablets from a man she lived with. The woman had also been selling methadone tablets, but reported running out of tablets because the man had been hospitalized.

Police had been contacted two days prior by medical staff who reported that methadone tablets of a patient had been reported missing when they were requested to be brought to the hospital. The patient had been residing with Cook, who was described as his caregiver.

A controlled buy was arranged and the informant purchased four tablets from the Cook, which was observed by surveillance. The tablets were through testing by the Nebraska State Patrol lab.

— Travis Graham, alias Travis Stott, 18, has been charged with two counts of delivery/distribution of marijuana, a Class IIA felony.

According to an arrest affidavit, a Sidney Police investigator supervised two controlled buys of marijuana from Graham on Jan. 9 and Jan. 11. The buys were arranged after an informant contacted police and reported being able to purchase marijuana from Graham, identified throughout the arrest affidavit as Travis Stott.

According to the affidavit, the informant arranged to pick up Stott from the local high school and transported to his home, where the informant allegedly purchased $15 of marijuana, or nearly one gram of marijuana. The marijuana was sent to the Nebraska State Patrol Crime lab for analysis, which confirmed it as marijuana.

The informant arranged a second controlled buy of 2 grams of marijuana, which occurred on Jan. 11. During that buy, the informant transported Stott to another home after being heard on surveillance making arrangements to purchase a large quantity of marijuana. Stott is then heard telling the informant that he will pick out “two good ones” and told the informant that he had a list of at least 10 people to provide marijuana. Authorities surveilled Stott’s home, observing multiple people arriving at the residence, going inside and leaving within minutes.

— Jose Hernandez, 35, has been charged with delivery of methamphetamine, a Class II felony.

According to an arrest affidavit, an investigator assigned to the WING task force had arranged with an informant to purchase $80 of methamphetamine from Hernandez at Hernandez’s Gurley residence.

The informant provided investigators with a small clear baggy containing three white crystal-like substances, which weighed 1.2 grams, after the exchange.

— Jerry R. Roa, 21, has been charged with two counts of delivery/distribution of marijuana, both Class IIA felonies.

According to an arrest affidavit, a Sidney Police sergeant arranged an informant to make controlled purchase of methamphetamine from Roa, a co-worker at a Sidney business, on Dec. 27. The informant arranged for the purchase to occur at Roa’s appartment in Sidney.

The informant purchased $10 of marijuana from Roa, which could investigators were surveilled. In a conversation during the buy, the informant and Roa discuss the marijuana. The marijuana was later tested by the Nebraska State Patrol crime lab and had a total net weight of 1.1663 grams.

Later, on the same day, the informant made a second controlled purchase from Roa. During that purchase, the informant observed as Roa placed the marijuana in a clear cellophone bag before providing it to the informant. The substance was confirmed by the crime lab to be marijuana with a total net weight of a little over 1.05 grams.

According Schaub, additional arrests are expected as part of the investigations.