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Lincoln Man Sentenced for Methamphetamine Conspiracy and Gun Charge

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

Acting United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Matthew James Borden, 33, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced on August 4, 2022, to a total of 20 years in federal prison by United States District Judge John M. Gerrard.  Borden was sentenced to 15 years for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture with a prior serious drug felony conviction and five years for using, carrying or possessing a firearm during or in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. The sentence for the gun charge must be served consecutive to, (after), the sentence on the drug conspiracy charge.  Following his release from prison, Borden will serve ten years on supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.  Borden was also ordered to forfeit $6,362.00 in cash to the United States of America.

Information provided to law enforcement indicated Borden was involved with the distribution of at least 1.5 kilograms, (3 pounds) of methamphetamine mixture in the Lincoln area between June of 2020 and April 27, 2021.

On April 27, 2021, investigators saw another person contact Borden, who was sitting in a vehicle outside his Lincoln residence.  After the other person walked away, they were contacted and found in possession of just under an ounce of methamphetamine.  Borden was contacted and found in possession of approximately ¼ ounce of methamphetamine and $6,286.00 in cash.  A loaded .38 caliber revolver was found in the center console of the vehicle Borden had been sitting in.  A search warrant was executed at Borden’s residence.  During that search, three baggies of methamphetamine totaling more than ½ ounce, ammunition for the .38 caliber revolver and an additional $76.00 in cash were found in Borden’s bedroom. 

In 2013, Borden was sentenced to four to seven years in prison for two counts of distribution of marijuana in Adams County District Court.

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

Updated August 8, 2022

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