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Salem man arrested on felony drug charges
01/18/2021

(KLZA)-- A Salem man facing a pair of felony drug charges has been charged as a habitual criminal. 

According to a release from the  Richardson County Sheriff's Office, following a December 14, 2020 incident in Salem, and a subsequent investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for 46-year-old Michael Tinsley.  During the investigation just over a quarter of a pound, or 131 grams of methamphetamine was located.  

Tinsley was arrested January 4 in Lincoln with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal's Service and the Fugitive Task Force.

He was arrested for possession of 28 to 139 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance with no drug tax stamp.

The Richardson County Attorney's Office filed habitual criminal enhancements on each felony count.  The habitual criminal enhancement carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

According to the Nebraska Department of Corrections website, Tinsley has been sentenced to prison in Nebraska five times previously, including on a Richardson County charge  in 2014.

The investigation is ongoing.  The Sheriff's Office thanked the U.S. Marshals Service,the Fugitive Task Force, the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office and the Otoe County Sheriff's Office for their assistance.  

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