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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Drug Task Force Operation in Central Nebraska

Today, the Central Nebraska Drug and Safe Streets Task Force conducted a multiple agency operation in the Central Nebraska region that led to the federal arrests of 12 individuals for charges including possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, distribution of methamphetamine, and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  One defendant was also arrested on a state charge of distribution of cocaine.  The operation included the execution of 4 federal search warrants and 1 state search warrant in Grand Island, which resulted in the recovery of a significant amount of U.S. Currency, over 2 pounds of methamphetamine, and a yet to be determined amount of cocaine.  Court appearances for defendants arrested on federal charges will occur in Lincoln. 

The Central Nebraska Drug and Safe Streets Task Force consists of the following agencies: The Grand Island Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Kearney Police Department, Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, Hastings Police Department, Adams County Sheriff’s Office, The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Hall County Attorney’s Office, and the United States Attorney’s Office.

Other law enforcement agencies involved in the operation include the Aurora Police Department and the Merrick County Sheriff’s Office. 

Arrested Individuals:

Rodrigo Bolanos

Juan Corado Arriaza

Gustavo Cruz Hernandez

Jose Donato

Daniel Espinoza-Garcia

Arturo Javier Garcia

Judith Leyva-Reynoso

Erick Lozano

Miguel Luna

Juan Medina

Miguel Mendez

Manuel Sanchez

Lynie Chanthavong

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Updated September 21, 2018