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Lincoln Man Sentenced for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Steven A. Russell announced that Michael Ray Ernst, 65, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced today to five years’ imprisonment for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual (pure) methamphetamine by Senior United States District Judge John M. Gerrard. Following his release from prison, Ernst will serve four years on supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

On August 30, 2021, a search warrant was executed by the Lincoln/Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force at Ernst’s Lincoln apartment.  During the search, investigators found a total of 118 grams of methamphetamine which contained at least 51 grams of actual methamphetamine in Ernst’s bedroom along with plastic baggies, scales with residue, methamphetamine pipes and suspected drug records.  Ernst’s cell phone showed several messages between Ernst and other persons regarding drug sales.

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


Susan Lehr - Chief, Drug Enforcement Unit  (402) 661-3700

Updated March 17, 2023