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Defendant Convicted in Connection with Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Travis Christopher Harvey, 41, of West Des Moines, Iowa, was convicted on February 27, 2020, following a jury trial before United States Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. for conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute five hundred grams or more of methamphetamine.  Sentencing for Harvey is scheduled for May 27, 2020.  Harvey is facing a term of imprisonment of at least ten years to life. 

In mid-2018, a Drug Enforcement Administration led task force initiated Operation Dog Pound, which was a drug interdiction effort focused on an Omaha, Nebraska, drug trafficking organization.  Harvey was identified during the investigation as a distributor in the Des Moines, Iowa, area that was receiving multi-pound shipments of methamphetamine from his Omaha supplier.  Investigators utilized cellphone and text messaging intercepts, vehicle trackers, and physical surveillance to establish Harvey’s involvement in the conspiracy.

In all, Operation Dog Pound resulted in ten federal indictments with more than thirty pounds of methamphetamine and $30,000 being seized.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Nebraska State Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Omaha Police Department, Bellevue Police Department, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service were the investigating agencies.

Updated March 6, 2020

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