Omaha man gets 2-years in jail on marijuana distribution charges


April 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s office for the Southern District of Iowa reports 40-year old David L. Lopez, Jr., of Omaha, was sentenced to 2-years in jail on Thursday, for conspiring to distribute marijuana in Omaha and Council Bluffs. The 48-month sentence was imposed by United States District Court Chief Judge James E. Gritzner , who also ordered Lopez to serve a three year term of supervised release following incarceration.

On February 8, 2013, Lopez, Jr. pled guilty to a charge of conspiring to distribute marijuana in Omaha, and Council Bluffs. The charge was the result of an investigation conducted by several law enforcement agencies into the importation and distribution of marijuana by a known drug trafficking group.

On December 5, 2011, Lopez was being observed by law enforcement as he traveled between Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Lopez was found to be transporting over 60 pounds of marijuana to a known drug house in Council Bluffs,  for the drug trafficking group.

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