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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 26, 2015

Columbus Man and Two Women Charged with Conspiring to Distribute Methamphetamine

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced the unsealing of a 5 count Indictment charging Mauro Torres-Castro age 38, Alicia Martinez age 23, and Ashley O'Flaherty age 23, all of Columbus Nebraska, with various narcotics offenses including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Torres-Castro and Martinez are also charged with possession of a firearm in connection with the narcotic offenses. The maximum possible penalty for the offenses includes not less than 10 years and up to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $10 million, a term of supervised release of at least 5 years, and a $100 special assessment. The charges stem from an investigation where law enforcement seized quantities of marijuana and cocaine, over 1 pound of methamphetamine, 3 handguns, 2 shotguns, and over $32,000 in U. S. Currency.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol, Columbus Police Department, Schuyler Police Department, and the Colfax County Sheriffs’ Office

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Updated February 10, 2015