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Colorado Woman Sentenced to more than 11 Years’ Imprisonment for Methamphetamine Charge

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

Acting United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced that Melanie Margaret McDonald, 38, of Denver, Colorado, was sentenced January 11, 2024, in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. United States District Court Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced McDonald to 135 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After McDonald’s release from prison, she will begin a 5-year term of supervised release.

On August 26, 2021, an Omaha traffic stop of two men resulted in the discovery of five pounds of meth and two firearms. Both men were arrested, indicted, and have since cooperated with law enforcement. Both men identified McDonald as one of the men's sources for pound quantities of methamphetamine dating back to October of 2020.

The investigation revealed Facebook messages where McDonald discussed the arrest of her co-conspirators, and all of their involvement in the drug conspiracy.

This case was investigated by the Omaha Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.


Lecia Wright - Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney (402) 661-3700                                                                         

Updated January 19, 2024

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