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Council Bluffs Woman Sentenced to 120 Months for Methamphetamine Distribution

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

Acting United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Rose Ellen Points, 36, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was sentenced on May 11, 2021, by Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon, for distribution of 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine.  Points received a sentence of 120 months with a five-year term of supervised release to follow.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Beginning in mid-2018, a Drug Enforcement Administration task force started investigating the methamphetamine distribution operation of David Short in the Omaha, Nebraska, metro area.  This investigation included a court ordered Title III interception of phone calls and text messages, allowing agents to identify the scope of the conspiracy and its members.  Points was identified as someone receiving methamphetamine from Short.  Assisted by the Omaha Police Department, on August 29, 2019, Points sold 73 grams of actual methamphetamine to a police source. 

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

Matters involving other conspirators are still pending, with trial for David Short set for July 12, 2021, in Omaha, Nebraska.

This case was investigated by the DEA, OPD, Nebraska State Patrol, IRS’s Criminal Investigations, and the Pottawattamie County (Iowa) Sheriff’s Office.

Updated May 17, 2021

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