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Council Bluffs Man Sentenced for Drug and Firearm Offenses

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Dirk Johnson, 58, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for his participation in a methamphetamine drug conspiracy that included possessing firearms in furtherance of the conspiracy.  Chief United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Johnson to 180 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison, Johnson will begin a five-year term of supervised release.

On December 19, 2019, Sarpy County Sheriff’s investigators executed a search warrant on the home of Johnson and Linda Riaski.  During the search, dozens of small baggies of methamphetamine were located.  Johnson and Riaski were stopped while driving past the residence while the search was ongoing.  In the vehicle, more baggies of methamphetamine and a handgun were found.  In a second vehicle located on the property, more baggies of methamphetamine and another firearm were located.  Johnson was involved in possessing with the intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine during the conspiracy that occurred from December 1, 2019, through December 19, 2019.

Riaski was sentenced on February 16, 2023, to a term of imprisonment of 120 months for her role in the conspiracy and for possessing firearms.

This case was investigated by the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office.


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

Updated May 17, 2023

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