BEATRICE – Three people were arrested on drug charges by Beatrice Police, Tuesday. The arrests followed a traffic stop and included the arrest of one suspect who walked up to the vehicle that was stopped.
Lieutenant Jay Murphy says a patrolling officer observed a car leaving the five-hundred block of North 11th and identified the driver as having a revoked license. The officer stopped the car on Elk Street, and police confirmed the license of Jeffrey Vater had been suspended. Another occupant, Miranda Vater also had a suspended license.
During a search, Murphy says police recovered a backpack from the back seat.
Police said residue from the pipes and a small amount of substance tested positive, as meth. Police also recovered a knife from the vehicle, which had an eight-inch blade.
Murphy said a man later walked up to the vehicle from a nearby apartment complex and claimed that the backpack was his. He was arrested, as well.
28-year-old Jeffrey Vater, of Beatrice was arrested for driving under revocation, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, and child abuse.
26-year-old Miranda Vater was booked for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and child abuse.
The man who walked up to the car, 27-year-old David Fentress was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person.
Two children, boys ages four and five, were placed in state custody.