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Omaha Man Sentenced for Conspiring to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Chief United States District Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced James Vanscoyk today to a term of imprisonment of 90 months. Vanscoyk will serve a 5-year term of supervised release following his release from the Bureau of Prisons. There is no parole in the federal prison system. 

Vanscoyk, 42, was convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.  In February 2019, law enforcement was tipped off that Vanscoyk was distributing methamphetamine in the Omaha metropolitan area.  On February 19, 2019, investigators conducted a controlled purchase of one pound of methamphetamine from Vanscoyk. In order to complete the transaction, Vanscoyk and a cooperating source traveled from Vanscoyk’s residence in Omaha to Council Bluffs, Iowa, to meet with Vanscoyk’s supplier, Jason Paul Rodriguez, a/k/a “Chico”. Vanscoyk then brokered the deal for the pound of methamphetamine between Rodriguez and the cooperating source.

Rodriguez, the leader of the conspiracy, was prosecuted in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. On March 12, 2020, Rodriguez was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 360 months.  

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

Updated June 25, 2020

Drug Trafficking