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Press Release

Sacramento, California Man Sentenced for Marijuana Conspiracy

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Julio Ayala, 33, of Sacramento, California, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for conspiring to distribute marijuana.  United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Ayala to 18 months of imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  After his release from prison, Ayala will begin a two-year term of supervised release.

Ayala was part of a marijuana conspiracy which existed between October of 2018 and December of 2020.  As part of the conspiracy, individuals shipped marijuana from California to Omaha.  Ayala was involved in the distribution of the marijuana in Omaha.  On December 18, 2020, agents executed a search warrant at co-conspirator Marques Eiland’s residence and located approximately 22.5 pounds of marijuana.  Ayala, Eiland, and co-conspirators Aarion Jenkins and Shawn Thomas were all present.  Each of the conspirators have pleaded guilty.  On May 3, 2023, Jenkins was sentenced to 40 months of imprisonment.  This was in addition to 11 months he already served on related state and federal cases.  On May 3, 2023, Eiland was sentenced to 31 months of imprisonment.  Thomas is 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 26, 2023