Man from Mexico found guilty of drug-related charges
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A man from Mexico was found guilty for drug-related charges.
U.S. Attorney Steven Russell said that, after a three-day jury trial in Lincoln, 48-year-old Servando Urias, of Mexico, was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine.
According to court documents, the evidence used in trial shows that on Aug. 28, 2019, a codefendant driving a Dodge pickup was stopped by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office after committing traffic infractions while driving on Interstate 80 in Lancaster County.
Officials said a black Jeep with two other codefendants and Urias was stopped by another Lancaster County Deputy as the Jeep was believed to be travelling with the Dodge pickup.
Authorities said the deputies became suspicious that the people in both vehicles were part of criminal activity. Deputies got permission to search both vehicles and found three kilos of cocaine, and one kilo of heroin in the rear seat of the Dodge pickup.
According to court documents, all were arrested after it was confirmed that the three people in the Jeep were in fact traveling with the Dodge that had the drugs. Testimony at trial indicated specifically the heroin belonged to Urias and he came along on the trip to sell it to the unnamed buyer.
Officials said the three codefendants had previously pled guilty to the conspiracy charge and are pending sentencing. Urias’ sentencing has been set for June 9, 2023.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations.