OMAHA, Neb. -- A 38-year-old North Platte man was sentenced in federal court Tuesday in connection to a meth conviction.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Russell, Merrill Johnston was sentenced to 14 years in prison after being convicted of possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of meth.

Johnston will begin a five-year term of supervised release after his prison sentence. There is no parole in the federal prison system.

On September 13, 2019, officers from the North Platte Police Department were called to Johnston’s apartment for a domestic disturbance. Officers secured the residence for a search warrant.

The search revealed 400 grams of actual methamphetamine in the apartment, and a firearm was located under the couch. In addition, $7,100 in cash was seized and turned over to authorities.

This case was investigated by the North Platte Police Department.