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Mexican Man Sentenced for Misprision of a Felony

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

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that on March 20, 2015, Javier Gomez Zambrano, 21, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison for misprision of a felony, (failing to report actual knowledge of the commission of a felony as soon as possible).  Gomez Zambrano was ordered to serve one year on supervised release following the prison term.  However, he is expected to be deported upon completion of his prison sentence.

On the evening of April 21, 2014, Lincoln Police Department narcotics officers observed a meeting between persons in a car and a semi-tractor trailer truck in Lincoln.  Persons were seen moving between the car and the truck.  The car then returned to a nearby motel, and the truck headed eastbound on I-80.  The truck was contacted at the Ashland/Waverly scales on eastbound I-80 and subjected to a Nebraska State Patrol Carrier Enforcement inspection.  The driver admitted he had just delivered what he believed to be either money or drugs in Lincoln.  A search warrant was served at the Lincoln motel room where Gomez Zambrano and two other persons were staying.  Officers found an air compressor containing over 2.7 kilograms of methamphetamine which was found to be approximately 95% pure.  The air compressor was covered by clothing belonging to all three occupants of the room.

One of those two occupants of the room later told officers he obtained the air compressor containing the methamphetamine from the truck driver and intended to deliver it to a customer in Lincoln.  Prior to the search of their motel room, the witness said he told Gomez Zambrano and the third occupant of the motel room about the methamphetamine and about his plan to deliver it.  Gomez Zambrano allowed his clothing to be used to conceal the air compressor containing the methamphetamine, and Gomez Zambrano failed to notify officers of its presence when they entered the room to serve the search warrant.

This case was investigated by the Lincoln/Lancaster County Drug Task Force.

Updated March 27, 2015