A Mexican citizen living in Lincoln has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine as well as conspiracy to launder money.
The United States Attorney’s Office reports 45-year-old Aurelio Martinez Rodriguez has also been sentenced to five years of supervised release after his release from prison, but federal prosecutors say he is likely to be deported after he gets out of prison.
Federal prosecutors say that between May of 2014 and April of 2017, Martinez sold meth and cocaine transported from Texas in Lincoln. Martinez laundered the money by depositing proceeds from the drug sales into bank accounts in Lincoln held by other members of the conspiracy who would then withdraw the funds in Texas.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office reports that during a search of Martinez’s residence in April last year, officers found over 190 grams (6¾ ounces) of pure methamphetamine, over 168 grams (6 ounces) of methamphetamine mixture, and over 280 grams (10 ounces) of cocaine, along with a scale and packaging materials.
Martinez forfeited $11,500 from a credit union and surrendered an additional $25,000 in return for the federal government’s assurance it wouldn’t take his house.