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Omaha Man Sentenced to 180 Months for Firearms and Methamphetamine Charges

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

United States Attorney Steven A. Russell announced that Raymond McGaugh, 31, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced in federal court in Omaha on February 22, 2023, for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of Firearms in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking. United States District Brian C. Buescher sentenced McGaugh to 180 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. He was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release after his release from prison.

On June 27, 2021, law enforcement initiated a traffic stop on a black Dodge Charger for failing to have license plates. McGaugh was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle. Officers smelled marijuana emanating from the vehicle and searched the vehicle.  Officers located a backpack on the passenger seat that contained 365 grams of actual methamphetamine along with two loaded handguns.  One of the firearms was reported stolen.

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.  This case was investigated by the Omaha Police Department.


Susan Lehr - Chief, Drug Enforcement Unit (402) 661-3700

Updated February 24, 2023

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
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