Lincoln Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine
United States Attorney, Deborah R. Gilg, announced that on February 8, 2017, Julio Luis Rivera, 34, of Lincoln, was sentenced to 15 years and eight months, (188 months), for his role in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a substance containing methamphetamine between July 3, 2014, and November 11, 2015. He was also given a 14-month sentence for violating the terms of a supervised release order imposed after a prior drug conviction. That sentence will run concurrent with (at the same time as) the 188-month sentence. Following the prison term, Rivera will serve five years on supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.
Information obtained by law enforcement indicated that Rivera was responsible for the distribution of at least 500 grams, (approximately 18 ounces) of methamphetamine during that time. Rivera was contacted by Lincoln Police officers, and he was found in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine. On November 11, 2015, Rivera was stopped by Lincoln Police officers and arrested on an outstanding warrant for violating the terms of his supervised release order. At that time, officers found approximately two grams of methamphetamine in his possession. Rivera told officers he was intending to deliver the methamphetamine found in his possession to another person for $40. He said he was acquiring ½ ounce to one ounce of methamphetamine per week and that he had five to six regular methamphetamine customers.
This case was investigated by the Lincoln/Lancaster County Drug Task Force.