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Transient Woman Sentenced in Fentanyl Death

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

Acting United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced that Kimberly Watts, 36, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for Distribution of Fentanyl Analogue Resulting in Death.  Chief United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Watts to 240 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system.  After her release from prison, she will begin a 3-year term of supervised release.

On August 22, 2022, Watts provided the victim with fentanyl at the Travel Inn at 108th and L Streets, Omaha, Nebraska.  The victim, 31, went back to his apartment, where he used the controlled substance and subsequently died.  The fentanyl was a contributing cause of the victim’s overdose death.  

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Overdose Task Force, which is comprised of members of law enforcement from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Omaha Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.


Matt Lierman, Chief, Drug Enforcement Unit  (402) 661-3700

Updated August 29, 2023

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