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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 19, 2016

May Grand Jury

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 8 indictments charging 9 defendants. Indictments are charging documents that contain one or more individual counts that are merely accusations, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

*          Alvaro Hugo Carreto Diaz,  age 31, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about April 19, 2016, following deportation. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Stephanie Lynn Cogle, age 29, of Gainsville, Georgia, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams of a mixture of methamphetamine on or about March 22, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Thomas J. Fischer,  age 29, of Omaha, is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Counts I and II of the Indictment charges the defendant with distribution of 50 grams of methamphetamine on or about November 24, 2015 and on or about December 7, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment for each count.  Count III of the Indictment charges Fischer with distribution of a mixture of methamphetamine on or about January 7, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Jaime Guerrero-Robledo, age 33, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about May 2, 2016, following deportation after a felony conviction. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Marcos Gutierrez-Morales, age 42, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about May 12, 2016, following deportation. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Brandon Jackson, of Omaha, is charged with felon in possession of a firearm on or about January 22, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is $10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Scott Kornahrens, age 43, is charged with possession with intent to distribute a mixture of methamphetamine on or about March 14, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Jose Luis Sandoval, a/k/a Gallo, age 46, and Martha Tapia, age 37, both of South Sioux City, Nebraska, are charged in a six-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine beginning on or about April 1, 2016, and continuing to on or about May 9, 2016.    The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, a 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II of the Indictment charges Sandoval and Tapia with distribution of a mixture containing methamphetamine on or about April 7, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III of the Indictment charges Tapia with distribution of a mixture containing methamphetamine on or about April 12, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count IV of the Indictment charges the defendants with possession with intent to distribute a mixture containing methamphetamine on or about May 9, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, $1,000,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count V of the Indictment charges Sandoval with carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime on or about May 9, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is no less than 5 years to no more than life to underlying count, a $250,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count VI of the Indictment charges Tapia with carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime on or about May 9, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is no less than 5 years to no more than life to underlying count, a $250,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

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Updated May 20, 2016