The United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that 35-year-old Candace U. Taylor, of Columbus, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha.

She was sentenced to Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

Chief United States District Court Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Taylor to 37 months of imprisonment on the drug charge. After completing her term of imprisonment, Taylor will be required to serve a 3-year term of supervised release as there is no parole in the federal system.

On July 23, 2019, a Dodge County Deputy Sheriff conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle traveling in Dodge County, Nebraska after observing that it did not appear to have working taillights.

The driver and the sole occupant was identified as Taylor.

While speaking with her, the deputy observed several indicators that made him suspicious of criminal activity.

Additionally, the deputy had previously been informed by III Corp Task Force Officers that Taylor was possibly involved in transporting methamphetamine from Fremont to Columbus and North Platte. Prior to completion of the traffic stop, the deputy ran his K9 officer around the vehicle and the K9 alerted the officer to the odor of narcotics coming from within the vehicle.

A subsequent search revealed a can with a hidden and hollowed-out bottom compartment containing a small amount of methamphetamine.

Taylor was arrested and taken to a booking facility where a search of her person revealed an additional 13 grams of actual methamphetamine. 

This case was investigated by the III CORPS Task Force and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.