Omaha bar manager sentenced in federal court for drug trafficking, bookmaking

Published: Dec. 16, 2020 at 10:17 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 17, 2020 at 1:33 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - A man who fully managed his grandmother’s bar was sentenced in federal court Wednesday for using the bar as a front for drug trafficking and bookmaking operations.

Brett Feder was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 10 years in jail and five years probation.

Feder pleaded guilty in September to 12 counts in a plea agreement. The agreement proposed a 151-month sentence. However, at a sentencing hearing on Tuesday, the actual sentence was not posted because a clarification of the evidence had yet to be resolved.

Feder was arrested in May 2019. Court records indicate while he managed the bar he kept a stash of narcotics in the cellar under the J.D.’s Circle In at 31st and A Street and used his cell phone for an illegal sports betting operation.

Investigators said this may have explained how the bar was kept open when it was non-profitable between 2014 and 2018, except 2015 when it made a modest profit.

The documents say Feder distributed met, cocaine, marijuana, and THC cartridges used in vaping devices.

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