NP man busted with meth ingredients, pipe bomb Tell North Platte what you think
by Ben Schwartz (North Platte Bulletin) - 4/8/2010
A North Platte man wound up in Lincoln County Jail April 7 on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing a destructive device.
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A police spokesperson said as investigator went to 1601 Preston Court to investigate possible child abuse. Brian Keith, 32, was the focus of the investigation.
While the officer was at the door, they detected the odor of marijuana so a search warrant was secured. During the search, officers discovered an improvised explosive device. The spokesperson identified the object as a pipe bomb. The Nebraska State Patrol bomb technician was called in and disarmed the explosive, rendering it inert.
Authorities also discovered a suspected meth lab in a camper behind the home. They believe that meth was being manufactured due to the nature of the chemicals discovered and paraphernalia that indicated meth had been used, the spokesperson said.
Keith’s manufacturing charge is an enhancement offense due to his home’s proximity to Buffalo Elementary School. The class-one B felony carries a maximum of life in prison and a minimum of 20 years.
The destructive device charge is a class-four felony, with a maximum of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.
The investigation into child abuse is continuing, the spokesperson said, and Keith’s three children are now in the care of HHS.