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Federal court sentences Omaha man to 15 years for selling fentanyl

OMAHA, Nebraska (Nebraska) — The following is a summary of the convictions handed down last week by a federal court in Omaha, according to Monday’s updates from Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen Russell.

The current U.S. Attorney’s Office in Omaha is reminding the public that parole does not exist in the federal system.

Robert RushA 29-year-old Omaha resident was sentenced Feb. 3 by Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. to 15 years in prison for conspiring to distribute and possess 10 grams or more of a fentanyl analogue to distribute. In March 2020, Omaha police raided Rush’s home in Omaha and allegedly found 1,029 fentanyl tablets. According to the Justice Department, Rush and his co-defendant Jahwont Payne were selling fentanyl pills. Rush allegedly sold at least one woman who later died of an overdose. Jahwont Payne was sentenced in February 2022 to five years in prison.

Alejandro AlvaradoThe 24-year-old Lincoln resident was sentenced February 2 by Judge John M. Gerrard to 17 years and six months in prison for possession of a machine gun and possession of a machine gun to facilitate drug trafficking and violent crime. Alvarado allegedly admitted to trading pistols and Glock switches, which turn pistols into fully automatic weapons, from Kansas to Nebraska. The Glock switch itself is legally considered a machine gun and it is illegal to own one. The investigation allegedly revealed that one sold Glock switch was used by a member of the Trip Set gang in Lincoln to carry out the murder. Alvarado also allegedly colluded with others to break into homes in Lincoln. When arrested, Alvarado was allegedly in possession of a machine gun, marijuana and M30 tablets containing fentanyl.

Juan Diaz DiazThe 27-year-old Omaha resident was sentenced February 3 by Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. to seven years and three months in prison for distributing methamphetamine. Allegedly in 2020, the Omaha police organized controlled buying from Diaz-Diaz three times to purchase methamphetamine in Omaha. In total, more than half a pound of methamphetamine was purchased.

Hugo Marta-MejiaA 45-year-old Mexican man was sentenced February 3 by Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. to six years and six months in prison for distributing methamphetamine. Allegedly, in February 2020, a confidential DEA source took meth with Martha-Mejia in Omaha to buy a pound of meth. The purchase was registered and Marta-Mejia was arrested.

Decevius RileyThe 22-year-old Lincoln resident was sentenced February 3 by Judge John M. Gerrard to two years and six months in prison for marijuana use and possession of a firearm. In March 2022, authorities spoke to Riley as he sat in a car in a parking lot in Lincoln. Authorities allegedly smelled marijuana and searched the car, allegedly finding partially smoked marijuana, a blunt, spinning tray, and a 2.6-gram bag of marijuana. Riley had an arrest warrant for possession of marijuana at the time and was arrested. Authorities also searched Riley’s bedroom and allegedly found an extended 24-round handgun magazine, a 16-round magazine, a Glock handgun quick loader, and a 9mm Glock handgun.

Carlos Rios AlonsoA 36-year-old Omaha resident was sentenced January 3 by Judge Robert F. Rossiter Jr. to two years and five months in prison for conspiring to distribute and possess 40 grams or more of fentanyl to distribute. On November 21, 2021, the DEA intercepted a FedEx package that allegedly contained 2,000 fentanyl tablets. The package was delivered to the address provided and Ríos Alonso allegedly picked it up. Ríos Alonso was arrested and allegedly admitted that he was the intended recipient.

Adam Frederick JunemannThe 44-year-old Omaha resident was sentenced on Monday by Judge Brian K. Buescher to 17 years and six months in prison for transporting child pornography on a preliminary conviction. Yuenemann will serve a supervised life sentence upon release from prison and will be required to register as a sex offender. According to the Department of Justice, in October 2020, law enforcement discovered that a pornographic video of two minors had been uploaded to a porn site earlier that year. Authorities found that the IP address associated with the account that uploaded the video was allegedly assigned to Yueneman’s place of residence. In December 2020, authorities ransacked Junemann’s home, allegedly finding several electronic devices and testing them. Officers allegedly found 62 images of child pornography. At Junemann, the police allegedly found footage from a video posted on the website. In an interview with authorities, Uhnemann allegedly admitted to using the email address associated with the website. Uhnemann also had a previous conviction on three counts of child sexual exploitation.

Matthew FosterA 36-year-old resident of Alliance, Nebraska, was sentenced on Friday by Judge John M. Gerrard to 15 years in prison for distributing heroin and a fentanyl analogue. In February 2021, the police were called to the Alliance due to an overdose. The police were allegedly able to prove that Foster had given the victim a fentanyl pill, leading to an overdose. Doctors gave Narcan to an overdose victim, and the man survived. A week later, the police staged a controlled purchase and allegedly bought heroin and fentanyl from Foster. After the alleged purchase, police searched Foster’s home and allegedly found more fentanyl pills and heroin.

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