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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Mexican Citizen Sentenced in Drug Trafficking Ring

Acting United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Pedro Aguirre-Ortiz, 27, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska after his arrest in a drug trafficking operation.  Aguirre-Ortiz was convicted of one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of distributing cocaine.  United States District Court Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Aguirre-Ortiz to 135 months’ imprisonment.  Aguirre-Ortiz will serve a 5-year term of supervised release following his release from the Bureau of Prisons.  There is no parole in the federal system. Aguirre-Ortiz is from Chihuahua, Mexico and will be deported at the completion of his prison term.   

In November 2017, the FBI began investigating a suspected drug trafficking ring operating out of the El Catrin restaurant at 6500 Railroad Avenue in Omaha and the surrounding Omaha metro.  This case was part of that larger operation.  On three separate occasions between August 2018 and February 13, 2019, Aguirre-Ortiz sold several ounces of cocaine to a confidential source.  On October 16, 2018, he sold a confidential source 8 ounces of methamphetamine.   

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated July 23, 2021