Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine
|U.S. Attorney’s Office May 23, 2014|
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that United States District Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced Jorge Ortiz-Lopez, also known as Moreno, to 292 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release.
Mr. Ortiz-Lopez pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on February 25, 2014. Ortiz-Lopez had been involved in the distribution of methamphetamine in the Lincoln and eastern Nebraska area for several years. He received large quantities of methamphetamine from Phoenix, Arizona, which he distributed to other dealers in the Lincoln and eastern Nebraska areas. The court found that Ortiz-Lopez managed other methamphetamine dealers in Nebraska and maintained an apartment where drugs were stored.
A search on October 23, 2013, of the apartment of one of individuals Ortiz-Lopez supervised, uncovered nearly $40,000 in cash. From that apartment the police also recovered 9.6 pounds of methamphetamine. A search of another location in Lincoln uncovered over $53,000 in cash belonging to Ortiz-Lopez. Ortiz-Lopez is expected to be deported to his native Mexico after serving his prison sentence.
This case was investigated by the FBI and the Lincoln/Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force.