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Omaha Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl Analogue

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Robert Rush, 29, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced on February 3, 2023, in federal court in Omaha for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute ten grams or more of an analogue of fentanyl.  Chief United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Rush to 180 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system.  After his release from prison, he will begin a 4-year term of supervised release.

On March 1, 2020, the Omaha Police Department executed a search warrant on Rush’s residence in Omaha and seized 1,029 fentanyl pills.  Rush and his co-defendant, Ja’Hvont Payne, were selling the fentanyl pills for $35 to $40 a pill.  Rush sold at least one of the pills to a woman who overdosed and died.

February 11, 2022, Ja’Hvont Payne was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment followed by a 4-year term of supervised release.  Payne was not responsible for providing fentanyl to the deceased.

This case was investigated by the Omaha Police Department.


Susan T. Lehr, First Assistant U.S. Attorney and Drug Enforcement Unit Chief (402) 661-3700

Updated February 6, 2023