Meth Haul Exceeds Nebraska Town’s Population

SALEM – A Richardson County sheriff’s deputy discovered a cache of methamphetamine hidden in Salem, Neb., that would provide more uses of the illegal drug than the town’s population.

Deputy Jonathan Kirkendall was dispatched to the village on July 29 on a domestic disturbance call and told a Richardson County judge that he noticed 42-year-old Michael Tinsley leaving a trailer house when he arrived.

The deputy said he saw the man drop something near a washing machine that was in the back yard. When the deputy went to investigate he noticed a hole beneath a sheet of plywood.

The deputy said he found a bag in the hole, but Tinsley would not give him permission to check the bag’s contents. Court records say the deputy obtained a search warrant and retrieved the suspected   methamphetamine.

The cost of a single use of meth at a quarter gram varies, but is typically at $25. At that amount, the ounce would provide 112 uses. The town’s population is 107 people.

The meth has an estimated street value of $2,800.

If convicted, Tinsley faces a prison sentence of 10 to 60 years in prison. He is still being sought by police.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts, is asked to contact the Richardson County Sheriff’s Office.

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