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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Lincoln Woman Sentenced for Possession With Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Marijuana

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that on April 23, 2019, Vanessa D. Pinkney, 33, of Lincoln, was sentenced to ten years, (120 months), in federal prison by Senior United States District Judge Richard G. Kopf for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture and an unspecified amount of marijuana.  Following the prison term, Pinkney will serve five years on supervised release.

On June 13, 2018, the Lincoln/Lancaster County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the Lincoln residence of Pinkney’s co-defendant, Herbert B. Kinchen.  During the search, officers found approximately 2 ½ pounds of methamphetamine and 2 ½ pounds of marijuana.  Kinchen and Pinkney were contacted by officers as they approached the residence while the search was being conducted.  Pinkney said Kinchen was her boyfriend.  She said she did not live at that residence, but she kept clothing and personal items there. 

Kinchen has also entered a guilty plea and is scheduled for sentencing in July of 2019.

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

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Updated April 26, 2019