Victor Jimenez-Lopez, 30, of North Platte was sentenced Monday to nearly six years (70 months) in federal prison for hauling meth to Nebraska from Arizona.
United States District Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced Jimenez-Lopez for "conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams of actual methamphetamine."
U.S. District Attorney Deb Gilg said Victor Jimenez-Lopez was evicted a year ago from a North Platte apartment and the caretaker took his property from the apartment to a garage.
The caretaker found a suspicious package and called law officers. Officers found and took custody of 65.7 grams of actual methamphetamine.
Jimenez-Lopez was later arrested Nov. 17 on another charge -- possessing two grams of methamphetamine in Kearney.
He agreed to speak with investigators "in a post-Miranda interview," after he'd been advised of his rights, Gilg said.
During the interview Jimenez-Lopez admitted that the methamphetamine in North Platte was his, and said he began making trips to Phoenix in January 2011 to bring methamphetamine back to North Platte.
Gilg said Jimenez-Lopez admitted making the trip 5-6 times. In one trip, he told investigators that he carried 8 ounces, the most he'd hauled a one time.
After Jimenez-Lopez is released from prison, hewill also serve five years of supervised release (probation), Gilg said.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, Gilg said.