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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 29, 2020

Mexican Man Sentenced For Distributing Methamphetamine

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Juan Miranda-Funes today to 120 months in federal prison.  There is no parole in the federal system. Miranda-Funes will serve a 5-year term of supervised release following his release from the Bureau of Prisons.

Miranda-Funes, 44, was convicted of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine with co-defendant Juan Carranza in the Omaha area between February 1, 2019 and May 9, 2019. On February 20, 2019, the Drug Enforcement Administration used an undercover officer to make a purchase of methamphetamine from Miranda-Funes. The undercover officer arranged a second methamphetamine transaction with Miranda-Funes, which was to occur on May 9, 2019 at a grocery store in Omaha. On that date, investigators followed Miranda-Funes from his work place to Motel 89 in Omaha, where Carranza resided. Miranda-Funes parked at the motel for a short while, then departed, traveling to a QT convenience store. Investigators observed Miranda-Funes waiting in the parking lot at the QT. The undercover officer exchanged text messages with Miranda-Funes, who indicated he was waiting on someone to bring the methamphetamine to that location.

Investigators thereafter observed Carranza arrive and meet with Miranda-Funes at the QT. Miranda-Funes got into Carranza’s car and they drove to the grocery store, which was nearby. Investigators made contact with Carranza and Miranda-Funes while they were seated in Carranza’s parked car. Both men were arrested. Officers searched the car and recovered approximately one pound of methamphetamine from a container sitting on the passenger seat.

Carranza was sentenced on September 24, 2020. Miranda-Funes will be deported from the United States to Mexico after serving his prison term

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated October 30, 2020