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Lincoln Man Sentenced to 14 Years for Distributing Methamphetamine

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

Acting United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced that Scott A. Berndt, 54, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced on December 20, 2023, in federal court in Lincoln for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Senior United States District Court Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced Berndt to 14 years’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After Berndt’s release from prison, he will begin a 5-year term of supervised release.

From November 2020 to May 2021, Berndt and others arranged to have large quantities of meth sent by mail to the Lincoln, Nebraska area. Postal records show at least ten shipments delivered to Lincoln which were believed to have contained meth, and which weighed between 1.69 pounds to over 11 pounds. Berndt and others then broke those shipments down into smaller quantities and resold the meth they received to others in Lincoln. Police also uncovered money transfer records where Berndt sent money to people in Arizona during that same period. Berndt pleaded guilty to his offense on April 17, 2023.

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


Lecia Wright - Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney (402) 661-3700

Updated December 29, 2023