An Omaha man accused of shoplifting at a Blair business pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Washington County District Court.
Dajuan E. Mayfield, 36, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony; and theft by shoplifting, $0-$500, a Class 2 misdemeanor.
Mayfield could face up to two years in prison if convicted.
According to an arrest affidavit, Blair police were called to Walmart, 1882 Holly St., just before midnight Aug. 31 to investigate a shoplifting by two people. As officers were gathering information, a manager pointed out a man exiting the store whom they believed had placed items in his pants pockets.
The man, identified as Mayfield, was stopped in the entrance to the store. An officer reported he was agitated and appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.
Mayfield was asked to empty his pockets. He removed a package of batteries from his right pants pocket. The officer removed other items from his pocket, which were valued at $124.
During the investigation, an officer found a meth pipe in the vehicle in which Mayfield was traveling. The owner of the vehicle said the pipe belonged to Mayfield.
Mayfield was transported to the Washington County Jail, where a small bag containing a white powdery substance was found in his sock during the booking process. The substance tested positive for meth.