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Omaha Man Sentenced for Drug Trafficking Crime

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

United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced that Brian E. Nielsen, 47, of Omaha, Nebraska was sentenced on April 10, 2024, in federal court in Omaha for possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.  Chief United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Nielsen to 78 months’ imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  After Nielsen’s release from prison, he will begin a 5-year term of supervised release. 

On December 14, 2022, and December 24, 2022, Nielsen sold meth to a Burt County Sheriff’s Office confidential source (CS) that was audio recorded by law enforcement. The drugs were laboratory tested and confirmed as to weight and substance.  In November 2022, during a search of Nielsen’s home, officers recovered $60 of the $100 used for the controlled buy on December 24, 2022. The bills were matched by the serial numbers and a total of $1,115 was seized.

On February 24, 2023, law enforcement initiated a traffic stop and arrested Nielsen pursuant to a state arrest warrant as he was driving away from his residence.  At the time of his arrest, Nielsen had two baggies of meth, one weighing one gram, the other two grams.

Incident to his arrest, officers searched his home via a state search warrant and recovered 21 grams of marijuana from two separate bags, a scale with meth residue, and numerous syringes.  Upon receiving additional information, a second search warrant was executed on the home recovering 6 baggies of meth weighing 260 grams.

This case was investigated by the Burt County Sheriff’s Office.


Lecia Wright - Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney (402) 661-3700

Updated April 12, 2024

Drug Trafficking