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Omaha Man Sentenced for Firearm and Drug Trafficking Crimes

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

Acting United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Andrew Buffkins, 34, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha for possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and possessing a firearm in furtherance of the crime.  Chief United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Buffkins to 120 months of imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  After his release from prison, he will begin a four-year term of supervised release.  Buffkins was also ordered to pay a $2,821 fine.

Between January 13, 2020, and July 24, 2020, law enforcement executed three controlled buys of marijuana and one controlled buy of Alprazolam from Buffkins.  On July 29, 2020, officers searched Buffkins’s Omaha residence and located approximately 0.140 kilograms of marijuana, a digital scale, a .38 caliber revolver, and fifty (50) rounds of ammunition. Officers located $821 in the residence and another $2,000 in a truck parked outside.  DNA testing showed that Buffkins’s DNA was on the revolver.     

Buffkins is a convicted felon, including multiple convictions for drug trafficking crimes.  In 2009, he was convicted federally of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and sentenced to 60 months in prison.  In 2015, he was convicted in Douglas County, Nebraska of attempted manufacturing, distribution, delivery, or possession with intent to distribute cocaine and sentenced to prison.  

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Omaha Police Department and is part of the Safe Streets Task Force.  Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.


Susan Lehr - Chief, Drug Enforcement Unit (402) 661-3700                                                                         


Updated November 4, 2022

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