Arizona Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Conspiring to Distribute Methamphetamine
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nebraska
Acting United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced that Victor Gabriel Gonzalez-Garcia, 52, of San Luis, Arizona, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for Conspiracy to Distribute and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. United States District Court Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Gonzalez-Garcia to 14 years’ imprisonment. He was also ordered to serve a five-year term of supervised release as there is no parole in the federal system.
On June 22, 2021, Bartolo Roman-Tapia was arrested after a search warrant of his Omaha residence revealed 28 one-pound packages of crystal methamphetamine and $18,754 in drug proceeds. Investigators learned that Roman-Tapia had received the 28 pounds of methamphetamine on June 19, 2021, at an Omaha gas station. Video surveillance from the gas station showed Roman-Tapia meeting with a passenger of a white Saturn and handing him a black suitcase containing narcotics proceeds. While at the gas station, the driver of the Saturn entered to pay for gas and was identified as Victor Gabriel Gonzalez-Garcia by video from inside the store. The investigation revealed that after leaving the gas station, the occupants of the white Saturn delivered 28 pounds of methamphetamine to Roman-Tapia at a nearby location.
On September 16, 2022, investigators arrested Gonzalez-Garcia who admitted that he was the driver of the white Saturn that delivered methamphetamine to Omaha on June 19, 2021. Gonzalez-Garcia also admitted to transporting loads of narcotics from Phoenix, Arizona to Omaha on several occasions during the last five years.
The $18,754 seized on June 22, 2021, was previously forfeited to the United States as proceeds from narcotics trafficking. Roman-Tapia was sentenced to 151 months’ imprisonment on April 19, 2023.
This case was the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations.
Matt Lierman - Chief, Drug Enforcement Unit (402) 661-3700
Updated July 28, 2023