Man pleads guilty to selling drugs stolen from Nebraska State Patrol evidence room
2021 mug shot of George Weaver Jr. Courtesy Lincoln Police
LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) — A Lincoln man who sold drugs stolen from the Nebraska State Patrol evidence room pleaded guilty on Friday, the US attorney’s office said.
George Weaver Jr., 37, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute concoctions containing cocaine, fentanyl and marijuana.
Weaver’s co-defendant, 37-year-old Anna Idigima, pleaded guilty to the same charge on February 14.
Indigima is a former patrol employee, who worked inside the evidence room in Lincoln.
In June 2021, Idigima began stealing drugs from evidence and gave them to her boyfriend, Weaver, who sold them in Lincoln, according to the attorney’s office.
When the patrol’s evidence file was checked, authorities found 154 pounds of marijuana, 9 pounds of cocaine, 6 pounds of fentanyl, 10 pounds of heroin, 3 pounds of methamphetamines, and 32 pounds of THC were missing.
In August 2021, investigators found “drug-related” conversations, including a photo of several large bags of marijuana, on Weaver’s Snapchat account, the attorney’s office said.
One of the bags seen in the photo had a piece of red duct tape, which matched the tape used by the patrol.
When authorities searched Weaver’s apartment, they found residue containing cocaine, fentanyl and marijuana.
Investigators then linked the three people’s overdoses to cocaine and fentanyl that had been stolen by the patrol.
All three victims were hospitalized and two required cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the prosecutor’s office said.
Through an investigation, authorities discovered the drugs came from Weaver, according to the attorney’s office.
Idigima’s sentencing is set for May 25, and Weaver is expected to be sentenced on June 16.
The prosecutor’s office said both face a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 20 years in prison with a maximum of life. There is no parole in the federal system.
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