A 48-year-old Lincoln man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on drug charges, money laundering, and being a felon in possession of ammunition.
Federal prosecutors say John Ways, Jr. sold drugs and drug paraphernalia through his Exotica stores in Omaha and South Sioux City as well as Council Bluffs, Iowa. Ways has also been ordered to forfeit more than one million dollars in cash as drug proceeds seized from multiple bank accounts, two vehicles purchased with drug proceeds, various computers and equipment, ammunition, and four gun safes. Ways will have to serve three years of supervised release.
“It does not matter whether drug dealers sell illegal drugs on the street, through the Internet or, like this defendant, under the guise of a legitimate business. It is still drug dealing,” United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg said in a written statement released by her office. “With the help of our law enforcement partners such as the ATF, we will investigate and prosecute drug dealers no matter how they ply their trade. We will also seize and forfeit their illegitimate gains.”