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District of Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Lincoln Man Sentenced on Methamphetamine and Firearms Charges

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Donald James Cox, Jr., 43, of Lincoln, was sentenced July 31, 2019, to 15 years in federal prison by Senior United States District Judge Richard G. Kopf.  Cox was sentenced to 10 years for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual/pure methamphetamine, cocaine, tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), cocaine and marijuana.  He received a five-year sentence for using, carrying and possessing a firearm in connection with the drug offense.  That sentence was ordered to be served consecutive to (after) the sentence for the drug offense.  Following the prison term, Collins will serve five years on supervised release.  He was also ordered to forfeit more than $19,000 in cash.

On August 6, 2018, a Lincoln Police officer contacted Cox for a traffic violation.  Cox gave the officer consent to search his person.  Cox was found in possession of three bags containing methamphetamine weighing a total of approximately 16 grams.  The Nebraska State Patrol laboratory later found that one of those bags contained at least 13 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine.  More than $5,000 cash was found on Cox’s person.  A digital scale was found behind the driver’s seat of his vehicle, and a loaded .357 Rossi revolver was found in the center console.

Cox waived his rights and told officers that the methamphetamine found on his person belonged to him.  He said he had recently acquired the revolver found in his vehicle from his methamphetamine source.  He admitted obtaining about ½ ounce of methamphetamine every couple of weeks and selling to about five customers.

A search warrant was executed at Cox’s Lincoln residence.  Three bags of methamphetamine weighing a total of just under 400 grams were found which contained at least 190 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine.  Officers also found a total of approximately 184 grams of cocaine, 30 grams of marijuana, approximately 577 grams of THC chewables, three additional handguns, a shotgun, ammunition and more than $14,000 in cash.

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
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Updated August 2, 2019