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Nebraska Resident Sentenced to 160 Months in Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA - On April 6, 2017, Gerald N. Holden, age 42, of Bellevue, Nebraska, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger to 160 months in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. Holden will be required to serve a five-year term of supervised release following his release from prison.


On November 29, 2016, Holden pleaded guilty to the charge and admitted he participated in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the Southern District of Iowa during the month of August 2016. Holden’s charge was the result of a law enforcement investigation of drug trafficking that occurred in both Omaha, Nebraska, and Council Bluffs, Iowa.


This investigation was conducted by the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, the Omaha Police Department, the Council Bluffs Police Department, and the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.




Learn more about this release by calling Rachel J. Scherle at 515-473-9300, or by emailing her at


Updated April 7, 2017

Drug Trafficking