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Mexican National Sentenced to more than 12 Years’ Imprisonment for Methamphetamine Charge

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

United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced that Jose Arevale-Villalobos, 39, of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, was sentenced January 19, 2024, in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. United States District Court Judge Robert F. Rossiter sentenced Arevalo-Villalobos to 151 months’ imprisonment. After Arevalo-Villalobos’s release from prison, he will be deported to Mexico as he is not a United States citizen.

On May 19, 2022, Omaha Police officers executed a search warrant on a South Omaha residence after obtaining information that 5 pounds of meth was located inside. The search revealed one pound of meth hidden in a bedroom that officers determined had been occupied by Arevalo-Villalobos. Another four pounds of meth was found in a storage room and a gun was found in the basement.

On May 27, 2022, Arevalo-Villalobos was arrested in Omaha after being found in possession of a controlled substance. During a post-arrest interview, Arevalo-Villalobos was asked about the May 19, 2022, search warrant and admitted to handling the one-pound package of meth found in the room he had been staying in.

This case was investigated by the Omaha Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Lecia Wright - Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney (402) 661-3700

Updated January 24, 2024