Lincoln Man Sentenced for Conspiring to Distribute Crack Cocaine
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Cedric Von Bluford, 29, of Lincoln, Nebraska., was sentenced on December 16, 2011, to 14 years in prison by United States District Judge Richard G. Kopf, for conspiring to distribute crack cocaine in Lincoln, Nebraska. In addition to his prison term, Bluford will serve five years of supervised release following completion of his prison sentence.
Bluford was indicted in February of 2008, for conspiring to distribute crack cocaine in Nebraska between March 1, 2004, and August 31, 2007. He evaded arrest until February 1, 2011, when he was apprehended in the Denver, Colorado, area. Bluford pled guilty in August 8, 2011, to the conspiracy charge. At the time of sentencing, Bluford was found to be accountable for distribution of over six and one-half kilograms of crack. Blufords request for a shorter sentence due to his home environment while growing up, was denied. Judge Kopf noted that although Bluford had a less than ideal childhood, many others raised in similar situations were able to lead law-abiding lives.
This case was investigated by the Lincoln/Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force which includes the Lincoln Police Department; Lancaster County Sheriffs Department; University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department; the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).