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Bennington Man Sentenced for Firearm and Drug Trafficking Crimes

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Matthew Culliver, 36, of Bennington, Nebraska, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for distributing marijuana and possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.  Chief United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Culliver to 24 months’ imprisonment on the distribution count and 60 months for the firearms offense, consecutive, for a total sentence of 84 months. There is no parole in the federal system.  After his release from prison, Culliver will begin a 4-year term of supervised release for each charge, to run concurrently.

On January 16, 2020, during a controlled buy at an Omaha gas station, a confidential informant, equipped with audio and visual recording equipment purchased 117 grams of marijuana and a Charter Arms .44 revolver from Culliver.  This event was monitored by law enforcement.  The marijuana was confirmed via laboratory analysis as to substance and weight.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.  This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Omaha Police Department.


Susan Lehr - Chief, Drug Enforcement Unit (402) 661-3700

Updated February 21, 2023

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses