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Lincoln Man Sentenced for Machine Gun Possession

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Alejandro Alvarado, 24, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced on February 2, 2023, in Lincoln for possession of a machine gun and for possessing the machine gun in furtherance of drug trafficking and crimes of violence. United States District Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced Alvarado to 210 months in federal prison and noted the defendant’s past was littered with violence. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison, Alvarado will begin a five-year term of supervised release.

Alvarado admitted to trafficking guns, to include Glock switches intended to convert handguns into fully automatic machineguns from the State of Kansas to the State of Nebraska.  The investigation revealed that one of those guns ended up in the hands of a Trip Set gang member, and ballistics identified that handgun was used in a homicide committed in Lincoln.  Alvarado was also conspiring with others to do home invasions in Lincoln.  At arrest, Alvarado was in possession of the machinegun, a distributable amount of marijuana, and M30 pills that contained fentanyl.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lincoln Police Department.


Michael Norris - Criminal Chief (402) 661-3700

Updated February 6, 2023

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