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Two Sentenced to 9 Years for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

Acting United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced that Erika Lopez-Garcia, 28, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Gabriel Rubio-Quevedo, 25, of Omaha, Nebraska, were sentenced today in federal court in Omaha for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. During separate sentencing hearings, United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Lopez-Garcia and Rubio-Quevedo to 108 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system.  After their release from prison, each defendant will begin a two-year term of supervised release.

On August 31, 2022, officers with a Drug Enforcement Administration task force identified a suspicious package at the UPS facility in Omaha. A canine indicated to the odor of narcotics coming from the package. Officers obtained a search warrant for the package and found approximately 14 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside of a guitar amplifier.

The package was set for delivery to an Omaha address that was being rented as an Airbnb. Most of the methamphetamine was removed and the package was delivered by an undercover officer. Lopez-Garcia came outside of the residence and retrieved the package. Pursuant to a search warrant, officers searched the residence after Lopez-Garcia took the package inside. They found the delivered package along with another almost-identical package that contained another 14 pounds of methamphetamine.

Rubio-Quevedo later arrived at the residence to pick up the packages and was arrested. Rubio-Quevedo told officers someone from Mexico had called him, asked him to pick up the packages and deliver them to a person in Norfolk, Nebraska. Rubio-Quevedo admitted he was going to be paid to deliver the packages.

The total amount of methamphetamine seized amounted to 12,775 grams. A portion of the methamphetamine from each package was tested for purity, which returned results of 85.9 percent and 92.3 percent.

This case was investigated by the Nebraska State Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Forensic laboratory testing was conducted by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department.

Contact

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

Updated September 7, 2023