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California Man Sentenced to 132 months for Distribution of Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Jason Smith, 48, of Victorville, California, was today by Senior United States District Court Judge John M. Gerrard to a term of 132 months’ imprisonment following his conviction for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. After he completes his prison sentence, Smith will also serve five years on supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

On June 3, 2022, Smith was stopped for a traffic violation on Interstate 80 in York County, Nebraska by a Nebraska State Patrolman.  The trooper became suspicious of Smith’s behavior and travel plans. A York County Deputy showed up with his drug detection dog which alerted and indicated to the odor of narcotics. During a probable cause search of the rental car, officers found approximately two pounds of methamphetamine packaged in two separate one-pound bags in the trunk. The trooper estimated the street value of the methamphetamine to be around $8,730. In the center console, officers found a methamphetamine pipe and a pill bottle with Smith’s name on the label, and which contained about four grams of methamphetamine. In the trunk, in addition to the drugs, officers found a suitcase with clothes and documents addressed to Smith.  

The methamphetamine was sent to the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab for testing where a forensic scientist confirmed the presence of methamphetamine in both one-pound packages from the trunk as well and in the pill bottle found in the center console. Purity testing on one of the one-pound packages showed a methamphetamine concentration of 100% and resulted in at least 444.24 grams actual methamphetamine. The total weight of all methamphetamines in the car was approximately 886.5 grams. At the time of his arrest, Smith was serving a term of supervised release as a result of a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine conviction out of Wisconsin from 2002.

This case was investigated by the Nebraska State Patrol, the York County Sheriff’s Office, and the Trident Drug Task Force, which is made up of officers from the Grand Island Police Department, Hall County Sheriff, Hastings Police Department, Adams County Sheriff, Kearney Police Department, Buffalo County Sheriff, Nebraska State Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Michael Norris - Criminal Chief   (402) 661-3700

Updated June 2, 2023

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