Omaha Police Bust Meth Ring

By: Roger Hamer, Bryan Latham Email
By: Roger Hamer, Bryan Latham Email

A nine-month long police investigation into a drug ring operating in South Omaha cleared our streets of a lot of methamphetamine and guns.

It also put several people behind bars.

Drug investigations are very time consuming and dangerous --- especially when drugs and guns are involved.

Omaha Police recently released information on one of those investigations.

Narcotics officers and SWAT team members hit two South Omaha area homes simultaneously last September 15th after a two month long investigation.

At a house near 62nd and "L" Street, officers served a court ordered search warrant.

Police found ice-methamphetamine and several firearms…one of them reported stolen from the Fremont (Ne.) Police Department.

34-year-old Eduardo Morales was booked for delivery of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy and weapons charges. 19-year-old Christian Rodriguez-Banderas was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy.

Police used the same procedures at another house near 48th Avenue and "O" Street.

Inside they found much of the same…ice, drug paraphernalia and ammunition.

23-year-old Rosaline Gonzales and 26-year-old Maximino Vallecillo were booked for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

28-year old Marco Guzman was also arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The investigation also led officers to a motel near 60th and "L" a few hours after the two houses were hit.

Officers were given permission to search a room. Inside they found a digital scale and drug paraphernalia.

28-year-old Robynn Hebda was booked for two counts delivery of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy.

According to police reports, after being read her rights, Hebda told police she bought large quantities of ice from another suspect ten to fifteen times.

Others cited during the investigation on non-drug related charges include 19-year-old Ivan Diaz and 23-year-old Victor Esparaza-Lemus.

Thursday night police made three more arrests in the case…31-year-old Grace I Morales of Valley, Nebraska, 21-year-old Alfonso Soldana of Omaha and 51-year-old Floyd D. Armstrong, also of Valley. Morales was changed with four counts of delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver and criminal conspiracy.

Drug investigations require patience by officers in order to make so many arrests.

"A lot of these conspiracy cases take a long time,” Omaha Police Lt. Darci Tierney said. “Weeks, months, sometimes even years to put together. It's a lot of cooperation between different agencies, local, state, federal even sometimes, so they do take a lot of time to put together."

With these latest arrests, Omaha Police are currently tallying up the amount of drugs and weapons they pulled off our streets.

Meanwhile, the suspects are waiting for their day in court. Most of those cases begin next month.

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