LINCOLN (AP) — A former worker in the Nebraska attorney general's office has been given 30 months of probation in a marijuana case.
Online court records say Kimberly Meidell, 39, and Eric Trost, 34, were sentenced earlier this month after pleading no contest. Originally charged with possession for sale, Meidell pleaded down to possession of more than a pound while Trost pleaded to attempted possession for sale.
Trost was given 36 months of probation, and both were given 180 days in jail that can be waived by a judge if they follow the terms of their probation orders.
Meidell was a litigation assistant in the state office until she was arrested in May.
Court documents say that the marijuana investigation began in May 2012 when a State Patrol investigator got a tip about a man loading several bags of fertilizer into a sport utility vehicle registered to Meidell. The man later was identified as Trost, the documents say.
The investigator says in the documents that he went to Meidell's house three times in September 2012 to check the trash and found a paper towel with burnt residue that tested positive for THC, the active ingredient of marijuana.
An arrest warrant affidavit says that in addition to the marijuana plants, more than a pound of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia were found in the home.
The documents also say that Lincoln Electrical System records showed that Meidell and Trost used 2½ times more electricity between January 2010 and March 2013 than owners of a similar-size house over the same period. People use high-powered lamps for growing marijuana indoors.
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