The Nebraska State Patrol says investigators with the WING (Western Nebraska Intelligence and Narcotics Group) Task Force arrested the two and broke up the growing operation in Scotts Bluff County today.
Fifty-year-old William Burkhardt and 46-year-old Robert Newton, both of Gering, are accused of cultivating marijuana and manufacturing hash, among other charges stemming from their operation outside of Gering.
This morning, the WING Task Force, with assistance from the Nebraska State Patrol, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, and the 1057 Military Police Unit, served a search warrant on a residence at 160283 CR 20.
According to NSP, investigators found approximately 75 marijuana plants hidden behind a false wall in the potato cellar. Also taken in the raid, a butane hash oil extraction lab, a small amount of meth, and nine firearms.