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Phelps County Man Sentenced for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that David James Burke, 32, of Funk, Nebraska, was sentenced today to 92 months in prison by Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. There is no parole in the federal system. Upon his release from prison, he will serve four years of supervised release.  He will also forfeit $6,480.00 in United States currency.

On October 23, 2017, the Nebraska State Patrol obtained a search warrant for Burke’s residence in Funk, Nebraska. During the execution of the search warrant at Burke's residence, law enforcement officers found a pill bottle containing 54.42 grams methamphetamine and $6,480 dollars in U.S. currency.   Law enforcement also seized a Taurus 357 magnum revolver from the armrest of the couch in the living room.  Burke’s sentence was enhanced for possessing the firearm. 

This case was investigated by the Nebraska State Patrol.

Updated February 4, 2022

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