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Elm Creek Woman Convicted for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced that Hallie Deleon, 25, formerly of Elm Creek, Nebraska, was sentenced on April 12, 2024, in federal court in Lincoln, Nebraska for possession with intent to distribute meth. Senior United States District Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced Deleon to 22 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After Deleon’s release from prison, she will begin a 3-year term of supervised release.

On September 8, 2022, law enforcement stopped a vehicle in Buffalo County, Nebraska.  The vehicle had multiple occupants and Deleon was the front seat passenger.  Law enforcement found probable cause and searched the vehicle.  While searching the vehicle, law enforcement found two firearms, magazines with ammunition, drug paraphernalia, vials with suspected meth residue, a scale, and multiple used and unused baggies.  Deleon was arrested, along with the other occupants of the vehicle.  At the jail, staff found about an ounce of suspected meth on Deleon’s person.

This case was investigated by the Tri-City Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT). TRIDENT is a task force with law enforcement personnel from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Grand Island Police Department, Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Hastings Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, Kearney Police Department, and the Nebraska State Patrol.


Lecia E. Wright – Supervisor Assistant United States Attorney (402) 661-3700

Updated April 15, 2024