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Omaha Man Found Asleep in Vehicle Illegally Possessing Firearms

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Cortez Davieon Grennell, 22, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced on March 29, 2023, in federal court in Omaha, for Prohibited Person in Possession of Firearms.  United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Grennell to 46 months’ imprisonment.  He was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release after his release from prison. There is no parole in the federal system.

On April 11, 2022, law enforcement was dispatched to North 34th Avenue and Larimore in Omaha regarding a vehicle that had been parked and running for two hours. Officers approached the vehicle and observed Grennell alone and asleep. When law enforcement opened the door, they observed in plain view a sawed-off shotgun and handgun. Grennell admitted he was addicted to methamphetamine and should not have been in possession of the firearms. It is a federal crime for someone that is an unlawful user of, or addicted to, a controlled substance to possess a firearm.

This case was investigated by the Omaha Police Department. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.


Susan Lehr – First Assistant U.S. Attorney; Chief, Drug Enforcement Unit (402) 661-3700

Updated March 31, 2023

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