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Lincoln Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Brian Joseph Bowder, 41, of Lincoln, was sentenced today to 23 years and seven months in federal prison by Chief United States District Judge John M. Gerrard for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute actual (pure) methamphetamine, methamphetamine mixture and marijuana between August of 2017 and July of 2018.  Following the prison term, Bowder will serve 10 years on supervised release.

Information provided to law enforcement indicated that Bowder was responsible for the distribution of at least 5 grams of methamphetamine actual, at least 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of methamphetamine mixture and less than a kilogram of marijuana in the Lincoln area during that time-period.  Bowder admitted as part of his plea agreement that he possessed a firearm in connection with this offense.  

Between December of 2017 and February of 2018, an undercover officer made six purchases of methamphetamine from Bowder for a total of more than 30 grams.  Purity analysis on two of those purchases showed at least 11 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine.  During one purchase, Bowder also provided a small amount of marijuana to the undercover officer. 

In February of 2018, Bowder was contacted by Lincoln Police officers and was found in possession of drug paraphernalia.  At that time, he admitted he was selling methamphetamine and marijuana.  A search warrant was executed at his residence.  During the search, officers found a small amount of methamphetamine and packaging materials. 

On two occasions in July of 2018, Bowder was contacted by LPD officers and was found in possession of small amounts of methamphetamine.

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

Updated October 18, 2019

Drug Trafficking