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Lincoln Man Sentenced to 6 1/2 Years for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced that John W. Rice, 35, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced on April 19, 2024, in federal court in Lincoln, Nebraska for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Senior United States District Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced Rice to 78 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After Rice’s release from prison, he will begin a 5-year term of supervised release.

From May 4, 2020 until December 28, 2021, John Rice conspired with at least two other individuals to distribute meth in Nebraska. During that time, Rice purchased or was fronted meth in ounce to half-pound quantities to resell to others, and Rice sold meth in quantities ranging from 1.75 grams to 2 ounces to at least five others. In all, Rice purchased and distributed more than 500 grams of meth from May of 2020 until December 28, 2021.

This case was investigated by the Lincoln Police Department.


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

Updated April 22, 2024