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Mexican Man Sentenced for Drug and Firearm Conspiracy

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Jose Rumualdo-Gallardo, 31, of Mexico, was sentenced on June 26, 2023, in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for his involvement in a methamphetamine conspiracy and for possessing a firearm in furtherance of the drug conspiracy.  United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Rumualdo-Gallardo to 120 months’ imprisonment for the drug conspiracy and 60 months’ imprisonment for the firearm offense.  The sentences are to run consecutive.  Rumualdo-Gallardo also forfeited $2,527 in drug proceeds.  There is no parole in the federal system.  After his release from prison, Rumualdo-Gallardo will begin a five-year term of supervised release.

In February 2022, the Omaha Police Department arrested Michael Lee in possession of 44 grams of pure methamphetamine.  Investigators were able to determine that the methamphetamine was obtained from Rumualdo-Gallardo.  Investigators utilized a cooperating source and purchased 49 grams of pure methamphetamine on both February 22, 2022, and March 1, 2022.  On March 8, 2022, a search warrant was executed on Rumualdo-Gallardo’s residence which resulted in the seizure of an additional 242 grams of methamphetamine, a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun, and $2,527.

Michael Lee is set for sentencing on September 6, 2023.

This case was investigated primarily by the Omaha Police Department.


Susan Lehr - Chief, Drug Enforcement Unit (402) 661-3700

Updated June 30, 2023

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