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Assault investigation yields marijuana grow operation arrests PDF Print E-mail

On June 5, at 5:58 p.m. the Perkins County Sheriff’s Office received a report regarding the prior assault of a rural Ogallala juvenile male by his father. Additional information was received concerning a marijuana grow operation in the family residence located at 32425 Road 768 in northwestern Perkins County.
Law enforcement personnel obtained a search warrant for the residence and executed the warrant at 10:15 p.m. The information previously provided to law enforcement was substantiated through further investigation and during service of the search.
Taken into custody at the scene and transported to the Keith County Jail in Ogallala were resident Brian R. Brassfield, age 37, and Cara M. Kneifel, age 37, both of Ogallala.
Brassfield was jailed for third degree physical assault, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana more than one pound, production of marijuana, possession of marijuana and firearms, conspiracy, and child abuse/neglect.
Kneifel was jailed for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana more than one pound, production of marijuana, possession of marijuana and firearms, conspiracy, child abuse/neglect and driving under the influence of drugs.
Brassfield and Kneifel were later transported to the Lincoln County Jail in North Platte where they each posted a $5,000 10 percent cash bond. Brassfield and Kneifel are scheduled to appear in Perkins County Court for arraignment on June 18.
Two juvenile males were removed from the residence by the Perkins County Sheriff’s Office and placed in care of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Assisting the Perkins County Sheriff’s Office in service of the search warrant was the Nebraska State Patrol.
The matter has been forwarded to Perkins County Attorney Rick Roberts and Perkins County Deputy Attorney Joel Phillips for prosecution.