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Sister of Penitentiary Inmate Sentenced in Federal Case for Role in Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

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

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that on October 17, 2019, Chief United States District Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced Hannah Pauly to a term of imprisonment of 70 months.  Pauly, 24, of Kearney, Nebraska, pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. 

In January 2019, investigators received information from the Nebraska State Penitentiary regarding possible drug activity involving defendant’s brother, Dustin Pauly, who was then an inmate at the Penitentiary.  Investigators determined that the defendant accepted a parcel containing several pounds of methamphetamine at her residence in Kearney, Nebraska.  The delivery of the parcel was coordinated by Dustin Pauly while he was incarcerated.  Investigators obtained a warrant to search the residence and recovered five bundles of methamphetamine in varying quantities totaling close to five pounds.  Defendant and her roommate, Jose Santos-Zepeda, were arrested and indicted by the Grand Jury with Dustin Pauly.  On August 15, 2019, Chief Judge Gerrard sentenced Dustin Pauly to a term of imprisonment of 262 months as a result of his role in the methamphetamine delivery.

The case was primarily investigated by the Nebraska State Patrol, the Kearney Police Department, and the Central Nebraska Drug and Safe Streets Task Force.

Updated October 18, 2019

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