An assistant football coach at Sidney High School — who was on the Husker football team in the late 1980s and early ’90s — is charged with three drug felonies.
According to an arrest affidavit, 41-year-old Robert Lance Lewis was taken into custody after Nebraska State Patrol troopers discovered a pound of marijuana and four grams of hashish in his vehicle Thursday during a traffic stop in Sidney.
Troopers were tipped that Lewis was headed back to Sidney from Kansas and possibly transporting marijuana, prompting them to be on the lookout for his vehicle.
After spotting it on Interstate 80 and following the car into town, Lewis was pulled over for failing to signal a turn and troopers searched the vehicle after allegedly smelling an odor of marijuana coming from Lewis’ car.
Lewis appeared in Cheyenne County Court Friday on felony charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver or distribute near a playground, possession of a controlled substance without tax stamps, and possession of hashish.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 30 according to County Attorney Paul Schaub. Lewis remained in the local jail on $75,000 bond, ten-percent as of Friday morning.
Lewis’ wife is a Sidney School Board member. Attempts to reach Superintendent John Hakonson Friday were unsuccessful.
Dave Collins, KSID, Sidney