BEATRICE – Gage County law officers, working with other agencies arrested six people in a drug investigation Thursday in the southeastern Gage County village of Liberty.
The six were arrested on charges of drug possession, drug distribution, possession of legend drugs, possession with intent to deliver a counterfeit controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug money, child neglect and maintaining a drug house.
The investigation centered on a home at 109 8th, in the north part of the village. Gage County Sheriff Millard “Gus” Gustafson says officers converged on the home and a motor home at daybreak, Thursday morning.
Gustafson says the arrests are the result of stepped up investigation efforts focusing on illegal drug possession and distribution. He says the investigation has been going on for months.
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Those arrested are identified as:
- Wayne Forke, Sr.
- Wayne Forke, Jr.
- Cindy Forke
- Kristy Forke
- Nathaniel Workman
A sixth person, William Stevens, Jr., was arrested on an unrelated warrant from a burglary investigation in southern Gage County, from August, 2017. Stevens was also booked for possessing drugs for which he did not have a valid prescription. Pills were found in prescription bottles that had defaced labels. Drug paraphernalia was found in Stevens’ mobile home, at the scene.
Gustafson said nearly ten officers were involved in the arrests. He said no weapons were discovered and the arrests were made without incident. No officers were injured.
Law officers making the arrests described filthy conditions in the home. Authorities found insects crawling in the basement and on a child’s car seat. They also described the bed of a crib as dirty and unsanitary, and found dog feces on the floor of an upstairs room.
Law officers seized at least 60 grams of suspected methamphetamine from the residence, along with $1,181 in cash. A small amount of marijuana was also seized. Authorities also found several digital scales.
Appearance bonds were being set for the suspects in Gage County Court, Friday, with further hearings scheduled for September 28th.
A minor child that was at the home has been placed in state custody.