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Scottsbluff Police respond to possible burglary, seize meth and other drugs during arrest

A vigilant citizen who phoned in a possible breaking-and-entering helped get nearly six grams of methamphetamine off the streets.

On Saturday, police received a phone call about three people trying to gain entry into a residence on 8th Avenue. Police were able to track down the individuals, but ran away when the officer approached them.

One of the men- 22-year-old Michael Mata Sr.- was recognized from prior contacts. The officer was able to chase him down and found a meth pipe in his pockets, and a small baggie with meth and several pills fell out of his pants leg.

A search of a backpack led to the discovery of additional baggies of methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia. In total, five bags of methamphetamine in various quantities totaled a field weight of 5.9 grams.

The pills were later identified as 15 mg morphine tabs.

Mata Sr. is being charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine and morphine), possession with intent to distribute, possession of narcotics in an unauthorized container, possession of drug paraphernalia, and obstruction of a peace officer.

He was also booked on two outstanding Scotts Bluff County Warrants.

He will be arraigned this afternoon in Scotts Bluff County Court.

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