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Omaha Man Sentenced for Fentanyl and Firearm Conspiracy

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Anthony Jose Franco, 21, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl.  Franco received a sentence of 120 months’ imprisonment with a five-year term of supervised release to follow.  There is no parole in the federal system. 

In August 2022, Franco became the subject of a DEA investigation for his role in distributing fentanyl in Omaha.  On August 5, 2022, an undercover agent purchased 21.3 grams of fentanyl directly from Franco.  A second undercover buy on August 24, 2022, resulted in 29.3 grams of fentanyl being purchased.  On September 9, 2022, Franco was arrested while delivering 58.7 grams of fentanyl to the undercover agent.  That same day, a search warrant was executed at the residence in which Franco was staying.  More than 326 fentanyl pills with venue to Franco and an AK-47 assault rifle were seized. 

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.


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

Updated April 27, 2023

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