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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

Monday, April 8, 2013

Omaha Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that on April 8, 2013, Donald Hughes, 53, of Omaha, was sentenced to 6 years, 10 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in the Omaha area between August of 2011 and January of 2012.  Following the prison term, Hughes will serve four years on supervised release. 

In August 2011, a confidential informant introduced an undercover officer to Herbert Christian, from whom the CI had previously purchased drugs.  Over the course of the next several months the undercover officer and the CI together or the officer alone purchased approximately 2 ½ ounces of crack from Christian.  During the investigation, officers were able to identify Hughes as the supplier of the crack cocaine. 

Hughes is already in Bureau of Prisons custody serving a sentence for violating his supervised release on a 1997 crack conspiracy conviction.  His 70 month sentence begins today.  Christian was previously sentenced to 70 months imprisonment for his involvement. 

The matter was investigated by the Greater Omaha Safe Streets Task Force, which includes officers of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI), Omaha Police Department, Bellevue Police Department and the Nebraska State Patrol.

Updated January 29, 2015