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Lincoln Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Daniel Drews, 41, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced today in federal court in Lincoln.  Senior United States District Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced Drews to 10 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) with a prior serious drug felony conviction.  Because of Drews’s prior drug trafficking conviction, he faced a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence.  After serving his sentence, Drews will be placed on supervised release for 8 years.  There is no parole in the federal system. 

On May 10, 2022, drug investigators were surveilling a residence in Lincoln.  Investigators saw Drews and two others exit the residence and get in the vehicle. Drews got in the passenger side of the vehicle.  The vehicle departed and officers followed.  Law enforcement stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation, and Drews exited the vehicle and started walking away with a backpack.  Officers instructed him not to run, but he ran and threw the backpack on the ground.  Drews was eventually apprehended and taken into custody.  Officers searched the backpack that he threw on the ground and found two bags of marijuana, a gun, and a knife.  Officers searched his person and found two baggies of suspected methamphetamine and $240 in currency.  The suspected methamphetamine was sent to the lab for testing.  The lab confirmed that there was at least 22.5 grams of methamphetamine, of which at least 21 grams was actual methamphetamine.

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


Susan Lehr – First Assistant U.S. Attorney; Chief, Drug Enforcement Unit (402) 661-3700

Updated March 23, 2023