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Omaha Man Sentenced to 140 Months for Methamphetamine Conspiracy

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

Acting United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced that William Lewis Gienger, 57, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr., for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine.  Gienger received a sentence of 140 months’ imprisonment with a five-year term of supervised release to follow.  There is no parole in the federal system. 

In February 2021, the DEA was investigating Tomas Lorenzo-Cruz for his role in distributing methamphetamine in the Omaha area.  Pursuant to a court order, agents were intercepting Lorenzo-Cruz’s phone calls and messages.  On February 21, 2021, a call from someone who identified themselves as “Bill” contacted Lorenzo-Cruz about purchasing some methamphetamine.  The caller was eventually identified as Gienger.  On the way to deliver 285 grams of pure methamphetamine to Gienger, Lorenzo-Cruz was stopped, and the methamphetamine was seized.  After the traffic stop, Lorenzo-Cruz was intercepted calling Gienger and told him that the police just seized the methamphetamine that was to be delivered.

Lorenzo-Cruz was sentenced on May 16, 2023, to 135 months’ imprisonment. 

This effort was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

This case was investigated by the DEA and the Omaha Police Department.


Matt Lierman, Chief, Drug Enforcement Unit,  (402) 661-3700

Updated July 21, 2023

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