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Omaha Men Sentenced for Marijuana Conspiracy

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Marques Eiland, 28, and Aarion Jenkins, 29, both of Omaha, Nebraska, were sentenced on May 3, 2023, in federal court in Omaha for conspiring to distribute marijuana.  Jenkins had already served 11 months in state and federal prison for conduct relating to the conspiracy.  United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Jenkins to an additional 40 months of imprisonment.  Judge Buescher sentenced Eiland to 31 months.  There is no parole in the federal system.  After their release from prison, Jenkins and Eiland will both begin a three-year term of supervised release.

Between October of 2018 and December of 2020, Jenkins and Eiland were part of a marijuana conspiracy in Omaha, involving greater than 50 kilograms of marijuana.  As part of the conspiracy, individuals shipped marijuana from California to locations in Omaha, including Eiland’s residence.  Jenkins and Eiland were both involved in the distribution of the marijuana in Omaha.  On December 18, 2020, agents executed a search warrant at Eiland’s residence and located approximately 22.5 pounds of marijuana.  Jenkins and Eiland and two co-conspirators, Shawn Thomas and Julio Ayala, were all present.  Thomas and Ayala have also pleaded guilty to being part of the marijuana conspiracy and are pending sentencing. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Omaha Police Department, the Bellevue Police Department, and the Sacramento California County Sheriff’s Department.


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

Updated May 5, 2023

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