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Lincoln Man Sentenced to 30 Months for Possession of a Firearm

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

Acting United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced that Said Muhammad Almustaqiim, 20, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Court Judge John M. Gerrard to 30 months’ imprisonment for being an Unlawful User of a Controlled Substance in Possession of a Firearm. Almustaqiim was also sentenced to a three-year term of supervised release to be served after he completes his prison sentence. There is no parole in the federal system. Almustaqiim pleaded guilty to his offense on November 17, 2022.

On March 21, 2021, the defendant was stopped by an officer with the Lincoln Police Department. The vehicle Almustaqiim was driving did not have a license plate and was displaying an expired “in-transit” sticker. Almustaqiim was the only person in the vehicle. The officer noticed the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. Almustaqiim told the officer he had just placed a “roach” inside a drink container. A “roach” is a common slang term meaning the remains of a used marijuana cigarette. The officer searched the car and found 22 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, and $40 in United States currency in a backpack in the car. The police also found a loaded Canik, model TP9DA, 9mm handgun underneath the driver’s seat. Almustaqiim told officers that he was a user of marijuana.

The investigation was conducted by the Lincoln Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives assisted with an examination of the firearm. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.


Matt Lierman - Chief, Drug Enforcement Unit (402) 661-3700

Updated August 23, 2023

Firearms Offenses