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Five facing drug charges after drug bust near school

March 16, 2019

GERING — Five people face charges after investigators made a drug bust at a residence near Lincoln Elementary.

Individuals arrested and arraigned on charges Friday in Scotts Bluff County Court were:

Heather Campbell, 29, Joseph Decoste, 33, Jessica Palomo, 25, and Ashley Gomez, 33. They were arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, within 1,000 feet of an elementary school. Each are being held on an $85,000 bond. Campbell is next scheduled to appear in court on March 19. Gomez is next scheduled to appear on March 20. Palomo is scheduled to appear next in court on March 22. Decoste is scheduled to appear on March 25.

Zachary Gessner, 29, of Gering, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class IV felony. He is being held on a $7,000 bond and next scheduled to appear in court on March 20.

According to an affidavit filed in Scotts Bluff County Court, investigators with the WING task force served a warrant at a residence in the 1300 block of S Street. The residence is located within 1,000 feet of Lincoln Elementary School in Gering.

Investigators reported locating 59.6 grams of suspected methamphetamine, along with multiple other items alleged to be related to narcotic possession, including plastic baggies, scales, pay sheets and cash. Several small plastic baggies containing suspected methamphetamine residue were also located in a room in which police made contact with Gessner, according to the affidavit.

Police allege that Campbell had quantities of methamphetamine on her person. Several baggies of suspected methamphetamine were located in a room in which police contacted Gomez and a small plastic baggie of suspected methamphetamine was found on the woman as she was being booked into jail.

In another incident, police arrested and charged Matthew Moore, 32, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance after making contact with the man at a residence in the 2100 block of Avenue B on March 11 regarding a trespassing report. Police found that Moore had a warrant for his arrest and he was taken into custody. During a search of his person at the jail, staff located a clear plastic corner baggie with white residue and a crystalline substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Moore is being held on a $7,000 bond and is next scheduled to appear in court on March 19.