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Omaha Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl Analogue

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

United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced that Emmanuel Zakaria, 33, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced March 20, 2024, in federal court in Omaha for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 10 grams or more of fentanyl analogue. United State District Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Zakaria to 48 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After Zakaria is released from prison, he will begin a 3-year term of supervised release.

On June 14, 2022, investigators conducted a controlled purchase operation, which resulted in the seizure of approximately 300 fentanyl pills.  On June 28, 2022, investigators arrested Zakaria and conducted a post-Miranda interview with Zakaria, who admitted to the involvement of distributing fentanyl pills.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Omaha Police Department.


Lecia E. Wright – Supervisor Assistant United States Attorney (402) 661-3700

Updated March 27, 2024