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Train Passenger Sentenced in Fentanyl Conspiracy

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

Acting United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Douglas Sibley, 38, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute fentanyl.  Senior United States District Court Judge Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced Sibley to 120 months in the Bureau of Prisons to be followed by a 5-year term of supervised release.  There is no parole in the federal system.

On March 5, 2019, investigators with the commercial interdiction unit stopped Sibley at the Amtrack train station in Omaha. Sibley and several companions were passengers on a train that originated from Fullerton, California, and was bound for Chicago, Illinois.  Officers saw luggage on a rack above the seats where Sibley and his companions were seated, as well as near Sibley’s feet.  Officers requested permission to search the luggage which Sibley granted and a search warrant was lawfully obtained for a backpack that was locked.  Inside the searched luggage, investigators found two vacuum sealed packages that tested positive for fentanyl in the amount of 2,045 grams. 

The case was investigated by the Nebraska State Patrol, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Drug Enforcement Administration.

Updated September 3, 2021

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