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Lincoln Man Sentenced to 22 ½ Years in Prison for Distributing Cocaine and Fentanyl Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Franklin Rorebeck, 39, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge John M. Gerrard to 270 months in prison for distributing cocaine and fentanyl resulting in serious bodily injury.  After serving his sentence, Rorebeck will serve five years on supervised release.  There is no parole in the federal system. 

In late July of 2021, Rorebeck sold cocaine which turned out to be laced with fentanyl to one of his customers in Lincoln.  Rorebeck’s customer sold the cocaine laced with fentanyl to a third person.  The third person provided the drug to a victim who suffered an overdose on July 25, 2021.  First responders performed CPR on the victim and administered Narcan.  The victim was hospitalized.  During a search of the victim’s Lincoln residence, officers found a small white rock on a table next to the bed which tested positive for the presence of fentanyl.  A physician specializing in emergency room medicine and toxicology found the victim would have been at substantial risk of dying from the use of cocaine laced with fentanyl if they had not received the Narcan.

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


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

Updated April 24, 2023