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Additional charge filed against alleged meth dealer

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A Scottsbluff man accused of selling methamphetamine to a Cooperating Individual (CI) working for the WING Drug Task Force on two separate occasions this summer is now facing an additional charge.

Authorities arrested 52-year-old Kenneth Krantz on Monday afternoon on two charges of Distribution of a Controlled Substance stemming from a July investigation.

On Monday, a WING investigator saw Krantz in a vehicle on Avenue I, and knew that Krantz had a warrant out for his arrest.

While Krantz was being arrested on the outstanding warrant, the officer located a black shaving kit in his waist band. Contents included a baggie containing 3.1 grams of a white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine, a black digital scale, and a glass methamphetamine pipe with residue in it, along with $159 cash.

Krantz was charged on Monday with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Court documents say that on July 9, 2013, Krantz sold four baggies of methamphetamine to the CI at Gardener Park in Gering. On July 25th, Krantz sold two baggies of methamphetamine out of his home on Avenue A in Scottsbluff.

The drug was positively tested for methamphetamine by a NSP lab technician.

Each charge is a Class II felony, and carries a prison sentence ranging from 1 to 50 years. Krantz is currently being detained at the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center on a $200,000 bond at 10%.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for January 16th at 10:30 a.m.

Krantz- formally from Bayard- has an extensive criminal record dating to at least 2007 in Scotts Bluff County. He has been convicted of numerous drug related charges; as well as domestic assaults, felony stalking, and carrying a concealed weapon.

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