Federal court sentences Omaha man for child porn

July 31 roundup from federal court in Omaha also includes sentences on drug charges
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Published: Jul. 25, 2022 at 12:47 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2022 at 7:13 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Below is a roundup of sentences handed down last week in federal court in Omaha, according to updates Monday from acting U.S. Attorney Steven Russell.

The acting U.S. Attorney’s office in Omaha reminds the public that there is no parole in the federal system.

Marco A. Vallecillo, 26, of Omaha, was sentenced Friday by Judge Robert F. Rossiter Jr. to over six years for possessing with intent to distribute marijuana and possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. In an investigation with the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Omaha police, there was a controlled buy of marijuana and a gun at Vallecillo’s home from a confidential source last April. The source paid $1,000 and officials determined the gun to be a ghost gun, meaning it’s untraceable according to the release. Officers had a search warrant and it’s reported they seized more than 2.5 kilograms of marijuana, drug packaging materials, drug scales, other drug-related paraphernalia, and a gun.

Katherine Woitaszewski, 36, formerly of Papillion, was sentenced Friday by Judge Robert F. Rossiter Jr. to four and a half years for being a felon in possession of a firearm and being in possession of a stolen firearm. In an investigation with the U.S. Marshals Service, the DEA, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, Omaha police, Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, and the York County Sheriff’s Office, Woitaszewski was in a truck that was stopped by OPD in October 2020. It’s reported she had an outstanding arrest warrant and was on probation at this time. The release states she let officers know that she had a pistol in the truck in her backpack. Officers found a pistol that was reported stolen in September 2020 and over 200 rounds of ammo. According to the release, she admitted during booking that she knew the pistol was stolen.

Dylan McKeown, 27, of Council Bluffs, was sentenced Friday by Judge Robert F. Rossiter Jr. to three and a half years for being a felon in possession of a firearm. In an investigation with Omaha police, a car with at least two people was pulled over for a traffic violation last February. One person had an active arrest warrant and officials pat down the other people in the car including McKeown. According to the release, a gun was found in his waistband, and found out about his felony convictions. It’s reported his sentence was increased when officials determined he lied under oath during a pretrial hearing.

Salvador Rodriguez-Portillo, 59, was sentenced Friday by Judge Robert F. Rossiter Jr. to three years for distribution of methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. In an investigation with the DEA, Omaha Field Division, and Omaha police, there was an arranged purchase of meth for a Mexico-based supplier in October 2019 according to the release. Officials say Rodriguez-Portillo delivered the buy for $2,000 to a cooperating informant. The release further states investigators saw him with two other people as a shop vac with meth was loading into his SUV in March 2020. Officials request an interview with Rodriguez-Portillo at his just in May 2020 and after agreeing to the interview, it’s reported he admitted to delivering meth. After his sentence, Rodriguez-Portillo will be deported by the U.S. immigration authorities.

Andrew Alan Spiehs, 42, of Lincoln, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Richard G. Kopf to 17 and half years for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture and 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual). In an investigation with Lincoln/Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force, Spiehs was arrested last August in Wyoming after being released in June 2019 on conditions and running away and “being a fugitive for over two years,” according to the release. Officials received information implying Spiehs was in connection with distributing at least a total of eight pounds of pure meth and meth mixture between August 2018 and January 2019 around Lincoln. It’s reported a controlled package having meth from investigators was sent to his place and the package was seized in California. The release further states the package has at least 100 grams of actual meth.

Santana McCauley, 35, of Macy, was sentenced Thursday in federal court by Judge Robert F. Rossiter Jr. to over two years for assaulting an officer. In an investigation with the FBI and the Omaha Nation Law Enforcement Services, the release states McCauley refused to pull over and ran from police, and drove through a backyard, onto the sidewalk, and later toward a police car last December. He continued to run from the police into a place after stopping his car. It’s reported he headbutted an officer after being handcuffed.

Stetson Reinick, 35, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court by Chief United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter Jr. to over nine years for possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of actual methamphetamine. In an investigation with the Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office in Nebraska, officers found “foil with burned residue that tested positive for heroin” while doing a trash pull at Reinick’s place with a co-defendant according to the release. Officials got a search warrant and found a backpack that had over 20 grams of actual methamphetamine, scales, and drug paraphernalia. It’s reported officers found a gun in his room as well.

Merrill Johnston, 38, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court by Chief United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter Jr. to 14 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. In an investigation with North Platte police, officers arrived at his apartment in September 2019 for a domestic disturbance according to the release. Officers did a search and they discovered 400 grams of actual meth and a gun. It’s reported over $7,000 was seized and forfeited to the U.S.

Adam Stuart Vannoy, 41, formerly from Denver, Colorado, was sentenced Tuesday by Senior United States District Court Judge Joseph F. Bataillon to over a year and a half for being an unlawful user of controlled substances in possession of firearms. In an investigation with the Nebraska State Patrol and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, a driver called 911 reporting a road rage incident on I-80 last March. The release states the driver reported a pickup truck was tailgating him, passed him a few times, and sped off well over the speed limit. An NSP trooper found the truck later on I-80 near the Waverly interchange and it’s reported that the trooper immediately noticed marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the truck. The trooper found six other guns, besides the gun in Vannoy’s jacket pocket that he told the trooper about, and according to the release, one “included a loaded AR-15 type rifle with an illegal silencer attached to the barrel.” The release further states he explained the reason for all the guns was that he was moving from Denver to Pennsylvania. Initially charged with state offenses officials say he was released on bond on March 17, 2021 and six days later, and tried to buy an AR-15 type rifle in Ankeny, Iowa. With a mass shooting in Boulder just a day before, the release states the store refuse the sale after “Vannoy made a comment about how he was surprised his friends did not call him to see if he was the shooter in Boulder.” He was found and arrested in Iowa after federal charges were filed in Nebraska.

Adam J. Bindel of Omaha, was sentenced Friday in federal court by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Robert F. Rossiter Jr. to five years in prison plus five years supervised for possessing child pornography. Bindel was arrested after the Nebraska State Patrol investigated a report from its Cyber Tipline by instant messaging app Kik received in March 2021. The tip indicated that a user had uploaded child porn images and videos. Bindel was contacted March 30, 2021, at his home, where he admitted to looking at and sharing child porn online, an image of which was found on his phone after he consented to a search of the device, the U.S. Attorney’s report states. This case was brought forward as part of Project Safe Childhood.

Jeremy Davis, 45, of Oshkosh, was sentenced Friday in federal court for distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Robert F. Rossiter Jr. sentenced him to five years and 10 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release. On March 5, 2020, a confidential informant for a task force from the Western Nebraska Intelligence Narcotics Group, also known as WING, bought 28 grams of meth from Davis. Four days later, the same confidential informant purchased 61 grams of meth from him. The Nebraska State Patrol also aided in the investigation. WING is comprised of NSP, the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Sidney, Alliance, Gering, and Scottsbluff police departments, the acting U.S. Attorney’s office release states.

Sergio Jimenez, 21, of California, was sentenced Friday in federal court for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Robert F. Rossiter Jr. sentenced him to 6.25 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release. During an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Nebraska State Patrol, Jimenez found three cellophane-wrapped bricks containing about 1.7 kgs of methenamine in a vest he was wearing under a blanket and jacket. Jimenez had been spotted by law enforcement conducting surveillance at the Jackson Street bus terminal in Omaha on Sept. 24, 2020, as he was searching through a duffle bag. Agents offered him a flashlight to assist with his search and noticed he seemed to only have a day’s worth of clothing with him. “Once Jimenez found his boarding pass, he walked away,” but one of the agents again approached Jiminez, told him he was a law enforcement officer, and asked him about his travel plans, which raised the agent’s suspicions — as did Jimenez’s attire on a warm day. At that time, “Jimenez refused to consent to a protective pat down or to lift his jacket so the agent could check for weapons,” the release states, so he was detained. At that point, agents noticed a “deformity at his waistline. Upon questioning, Jimenez admitted to possessing drugs on his person.”

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