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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 6, 2021

Omaha Man Sentenced to 150 Months for Drug and Firearm Offenses

Acting United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Damien Primus, age 27, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced in federal court in Omaha on December 3, 2021, for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and for possessing a short-barreled shotgun in furtherance of his drug trafficking.  Chief United States District Court Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Primus to 150 months of imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  After completing his term of imprisonment, Primus will begin a 5-year term of supervised release. 

On November 24, 2020, officers executed a search warrant at Primus’s residence in Omaha.  Primus was at the residence.  Officers located 135 fentanyl pills, 3.2 grams of methamphetamine, $1,080, a short-barreled shotgun, and a stolen rifle.  Primus intended to distribute the fentanyl.  Just eight days prior to the search warrant, Primus was convicted in a different matter in Cass County, Nebraska District Court to attempted possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. 

On April 12, 2021, Primus was sentenced in state court to 2-5 years of imprisonment for his attempted firearm conviction.  The 150-month federal sentence will run consecutively to his state sentence.

This case was 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 make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated December 6, 2021