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Omaha Woman Sentenced for Drug Trafficking Crime

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

Acting United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced that Nicole D. Hamzeh, 32 of Omaha, Nebraska was sentenced on January 19, 2024, in federal court in Omaha for possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Chief United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Hamzeh to 54 months’ imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  After Hamzeh’s release from prison, she will begin a 5-year term of supervised release. 

On December 11, 2021, law enforcement observed a 2018 Dodge Charger driving in Omaha without valid license plates. Officers initiated a valid traffic stop and made contact with Hamzeh, the driver of the vehicle, and her passenger, Randall Bates.

Officers smelled marijuana emanating from the vehicle and Hamzeh also reported to the officer that there was a fireball whiskey ‘shooter’ open in the vehicle.  Hamzeh indicated that she had borrowed the vehicle from a friend and did not have the registration, but when officers ran a data check on the vehicle, the system showed that the vehicle was reported stolen.  Hamzeh’s driver’s license was suspended, and Bates had an outstanding arrest warrant. 

Officers arrested Hamzeh and located 184 grams of actual meth on her person.    During a post-Miranda interview with law enforcement, Hamzeh admitted that she had been trafficking 6 pounds of meth during the prior 3 weeks—to include the 184 grams of actual meth seized.

This case was investigated by the Omaha Police Department.


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

Updated January 24, 2024

Drug Trafficking