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Denton Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Conspiracy to Distribute Drugs

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Steven Michael Luedtke, 47, of Denton, Nebraska, was sentenced on June 29, 2023, to 15 years of imprisonment for his involvement in a conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture, five kilograms or more of  cocaine and 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, with a prior serious drug felony conviction, by Senior United States District Judge John M. Gerrard.  Following his release from prison, Luedtke will serve 10 years on supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

Information provided to law enforcement indicated between January of 2020 and June of 2021, Luedtke was a member of a conspiracy to obtain methamphetamine and other drugs in Mexico, Texas, Colorado, and Alabama for transport to the Lincoln, Nebraska area for resale.  Luedtke provided other members of the conspiracy with cash to buy drugs, made trips to obtain drugs, and sold firearms to another member of the conspiracy. 

In March of 2021, Luedtke was contacted by law enforcement and was found in possession of approximately ¼ ounce of methamphetamine, ¼ ounce of marijuana and a digital scale.  He admitted having purchased more than 70 ounces of methamphetamine for resale over the prior year.  In June of 2021, Luedtke was contacted again and was found in possession of approximately 1 ¼ ounces of methamphetamine, 1 ½ ounces of marijuana, another digital scale and packaging materials.  He admitted he had just purchased an ounce of methamphetamine before being contacted by officers.

Luedtke had a prior conviction for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the District of Nebraska.  He was sentenced to 180 months in prison in that case in March of 2006.

This case was investigated by the Lincoln/Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force.


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

Updated July 5, 2023