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Alliance Man Sentenced for Distributing Heroin and Fentanyl Analogue

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nebraska

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Matthew Foster, 36, of Alliance, Nebraska, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for distribution of heroin and fentanyl analogue.  Senior United States District Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced Foster to 180 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system.  After his release from prison, he will begin a 3-year term of supervised release.

On February 3, 2021, law enforcement was dispatched to a residence in Alliance regarding an overdose victim. Law enforcement was able to show that Foster provided a fentanyl pill to the victim that resulted in an overdose. Medical personnel revived the victim with Narcan and the person survived. 

On February 10, 2021, law enforcement used a confidential informant to purchase heroin and blue Fentanyl pills from Foster in Alliance.  Directly after the controlled purchase, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Foster’s residence on February 10, 2021. During the search warrant, law enforcement seized blue Fentanyl pills and heroin.

This case was investigated by the Alliance Police Department and WING Task Force.  WING is the Western Nebraska Intelligence Narcotics Group and includes the Alliance Police Department, Sidney Police Department, Scottsbluff Police Department, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, and the Nebraska State Patrol.


Susan T. Lehr, First Assistant U.S. Attorney and Drug Enforcement Unit Chief  (402) 661-3700

Updated February 14, 2023

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