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GPS used in drug-trafficking case to net arrests in western Nebraska

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Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012 9:10 am | Updated: 9:12 am, Thu Dec 20, 2012.

GPS devices can come in handy.

They can help when a person gets lost and can also help law enforcement in tracking down potential drug deliveries.

That’s how Robert Taylor, 27, of Mitchell, found himself in court facing drug charges Tuesday.

Taylor agreed to a plea agreement on drug charges, pleading no contest to a count of attempted delivery of a controlled substance, a Class IV felony, in Scotts Bluff County District Court.

WING investigators learned from a confidential informant of possible drug trafficking being done between Colorado and Nebraska, Scotts Bluff County Deputy Attorney Scott Blaha said during the hearing.

Investigators learned of a vehicle suspected of being used in the drug trafficking and attached a GPS device to the vehicle prior to a trip to Colorado.

On July 9, a Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle on Highway 91 near County Road 12. The deputy detected the smell of marijuana and WING investigators searched the vehicle.

Taylor had been a passenger in the vehicle. Inside the vehicle, officers found a small quantity of marijuana inside two jars in the driver’s area of the truck cab and tucked in a seat pocket near Taylor’s passenger seat. They also found a small zippered bag containing a pipe that smelled of burnt marijuana, and oxycodone, a prescription painkiller. A second pipe containing burnt marijuana was found near Taylor’s seat.

Investigators also found two large bags estimated to include more than one pound of marijuana.

Taylor admitted to being in possession of some of the small quantities of marijuana and the drug paraphernalia, but denied knowledge of the large quantities of marijuana.

The driver, identified in court documents as David Dillon, admitted that he and Taylor had been purchasing marijuana. WING investigators also tied cell phone text messages between Taylor and other individuals who were expected to receive the marijuana.

Taylor faced a charge of delivery of a controlled substance, a Class III felony, and two infractions of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Taylor is scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. He faces a sentence of up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

Dillon, 26, of Gering, had also agreed to a plea agreement in the case. Earlier this month, Scotts Bluff County District Court Judge Leo Dobrovolny sentenced Dillon to 12 to 48 months in prison on charges of delivery of a controlled substance, a Class III felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a Class IV felony. Dillon’s sentence will be served consecutively to another Scotts Bluff County District Court case in which Dillon was convicted of one count of delivering a controlled substance near a school, a Class II felony. He was sentenced to 12 to 24 months in prison in that case.

Two other men that were passengers in the vehicle were not charged.

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