United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Tayler Marie Sovereign 23, of Lincoln, was sentenced on October 2, 2020, by Chief United States District Judge John M. Gerrard to 10 years in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, actual (pure). Following the prison term, Sovereign will serve five years on supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
On April 30, 2019, Sovereign was the passenger in a car that was stopped for a traffic violation in Lincoln. A Lincoln Police Department canine indicated to the odor of narcotics. When told of this, Sovereign claimed anything found in the car belonged to her. During a search, officers found five baggies of methamphetamine. Two of the bags contained a total of at least 160 grams of methamphetamine, actual, (more than 5 ½ ounces). Also found were multiple sandwich baggies and a digital scale. Sovereign told officers she bought the methamphetamine the day before and sold small amounts of it after buying it.
This case was investigated by the Lincoln/Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force.