Jared Lance Howe
A Kansas man was sentenced to federal prison Monday for distribution of cocaine through North Platte.Jared Lance Howe, 29, of Topeka, Kan. will serve five years after his conviction for conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and powder cocaine, U.S. Attorney Deb Gilg said.
Information provided to law enforcement indicated that between January 2007 and June 14, 2011, Howe was involved with a group of persons who were transporting cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine, and powder cocaine from the Denver area to the North Platte area and locations in Kansas, Gilg said.
On two occasions in May and June 2011, Howe and Megan Miller of Denver picked up crack cocaine from Howe’s co-defendant, Lavon Owens, in the Denver area. Howe then drove Miller to the North Platte area where Miller delivered the crack cocaine. Howe was held responsible for the distribution of at least 96 grams (approximately 3˝ ounces) of cocaine base, Gilg said.
Owens also pled guilty to the conspiracy charge and was sentenced in December 2012 to 78 months in prison.
Miller was also indicted separately for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and powder cocaine and was sentenced to 57 months in prison in April 2012.
Howe will serve four years on supervised release after completion of the prison term.
This case was investigated by the CODE Task Force, a cooperating group of law enforcement agencies throughout a 22-county area in west-central/southwest Nebraska. The task force includes the North Platte Police Department, Dawson County Sheriff's Office, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Red Willow County Sheriff's Office, Frontier County Sheriff's Office, Nebraska State Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).