Lincoln Man Sentenced to 20 years for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that on April 26, 2012, Terry L. Schwarck, age 63 of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. Schwarck was convicted of that charge by a federal jury on February 2, 2012, after a four-day trial. Schwarck was held responsible for the distribution of at least 500 grams, (approximately 18 ounces), of methamphetamine. Schwarck was found to have a prior federal conviction for conspiracy to distribute cocaine from 1991 which made the possible penalty, 20 years to life imprisonment. Following the prison term, Schwarck will serve 10 years on supervised release.
Evidence presented at trial indicated that between October of 2007 and October of 2010, Schwarck was a member of a group of persons who were distributing methamphetamine in the Lincoln area. Witnesses testified at trial that a number of people bought, sold, and used methamphetamine with Schwarck at his Lincoln residence on a regular basis. In the summer and fall of 2010, a Lincoln Police Department undercover officer bought small amounts of methamphetamine on two occasions from Schwarck through a third person. On one occasion in October of 2010, the officer bought a small amount of methamphetamine from Schwarck at his residence.
The matter was investigated by the Lincoln/Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force, which includes the Lincoln Police Department Narcotics Unit and investigators from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department and the UNL Police Department.