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Utah Woman Sentenced for Possessing Nearly Five Pounds of Cocaine at Omaha Bus Station

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Chaminque Porter, 35, of Utah, was sentenced in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, on February 15, 2023, for Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine.  Chief United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Porter to 12 months and 1 day imprisonment.  She was also ordered to serve two years of supervised release after her release from prison. There is no parole in the federal system.

On December 21, 2021, Porter and her boyfriend, Elias Ramirez Jr., were traveling from Utah to Minnesota by bus. The bus had a scheduled stop in Omaha.  Drug Enforcement Administration agents regularly patrol the bus station. On that day, they noticed a suspicious suitcase in Porter and Ramirez’s possession. Porter and Ramirez denied ownership of the bag and denied knowing each other.  Agents searched the “abandoned” suitcase and located two packages containing nearly five pounds of cocaine. Video footage confirmed Porter and Ramirez loaded their bags, including the suitcase containing the cocaine, at an earlier bus stop.

Ramirez pled guilty and was sentenced on January 20, 2023, to 60 months’ imprisonment.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Contact

Susan Lehr - Chief, Drug Enforcement Unit (402) 661-3700

Updated February 21, 2023