Four men are in federal custody after a five-month undercover investigation. The suspects charged with possession and distribution of methamphetamine and possession of weapons appeared in court Friday.
During the investigation, officials purchased or seized a total of six guns and four-and-half pounds of meth worth more than $110,000.
Three of the defendants were charged in a seven-count indictment. Thirty-six-year-old Manuel Menchaca aka ”Jose Hector Rodriguez," 31-year-old Jorge Montejano aka “El Paso" and 40-year-old Francisco Sanchez-Gastelum aka “Poncho” were charged with distribution of methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Menchaca and Montejano were also indicted on three counts of being felons in possession of firearms. Thirty-five-year-old Jamie Cedillo was charged in a separate one-count indictment of being a felon in possession of firearms.
The investigation was a joint effort between ATF and the Omaha Police Department’s Narcotics Unit. The case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office.