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Manager of South Omaha bar sentenced in federal drug distribution conspiracy

Drug and gambling racket run out of local bar
Posted at 10:29 AM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 11:29:25-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A South Omaha bar manager was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to 120 months in prison after using the business as a front for illegal drug trafficking and illegal sports betting operations, according to United States Attorney Joe Kelly.

Brett Feder, 36, managed and operated JD's Circle In. A series of controlled buys of cocaine, along with wiretaps, walled-off traffic stops and searches of the bar corroborated the involvement of Feder and others in the distribution of meth, cocaine, marijuana and THC cartridges.

Additionally, close to $50,000 in drug proceeds and seven firearms were ordered to be forfeited to the United States, according to Kelly.

“For several years, Mr. Feder was involved in drug and money laundering violations while managing and operating a bar located in Omaha, Nebraska that he used as a front,” said David Talcott, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the IRS Criminal Investigation division in the St. Louis Field Office. “However, today’s sentencing shows that with both law enforcement and financial investigation expertise like in Operation Steak Your Bets, individuals that illegally conduct drug trafficking operations and bookmaking operations face lengthy prison sentences.”

Feder was sentenced for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and THC; money laundering and being a felon in possession of a firearm. United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Feder to 120 months in prison and there is no parole in the federal system.

After being released from prison, Feder will serve 5 years of supervised release.

The prosecution was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation which identifies, disrupts and dismantles high-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and other criminal organizations that threaten the U.S. by using a multi-agency approach.

Primarily, the case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Omaha Field Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Omaha Police Department.

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