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Mexican Citizen Sentenced in Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

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

Acting United States Attorney Steven Russell announced Roberto Garcia-Gutierrez, 32, of Mexico, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Garcia-Gutierrez to imprisonment for 135 months. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison, he will begin a 5-year term of supervised release. Garcia-Gutierrez will be deported by U.S. immigration authorities when he completes his sentence to imprisonment.

In May 2021, Garcia-Gutierrez became involved in a drug conspiracy distributing methamphetamine in Omaha. A confidential source (CS) working for the Drug Enforcement Administration arranged the purchase of methamphetamine from co-defendant Roberto Balbuena-Ignacio. On May 20, 2021, the CS met with co-defendant Cash C. Cosgriff, and successfully purchased approximately a pound of methamphetamine. The CS also conducted controlled purchases of methamphetamine on at least three other occasions from other members of the drug conspiracy.

On August 2, 2021, Garcia-Gutierrez was arrested after leaving a residence located in the 19th blook of South 10th Street, in Omaha. DEA and OPD investigators recovered approximately 56.6 pounds of methamphetamine and 2 kilograms of cocaine from that residence.

This case was investigated primarily by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Omaha Police Department.

Updated October 14, 2022

Drug Trafficking