After one of the largest busts of drug dealers in Nebraska history, area law enforcement expects to see an immediate impact on methamphetamine trafficking in central and western Nebraska and northeast Colorado.

Joe Jeanette, law enforcement coordinator with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Omaha, characterized the 64 arrested individuals as being mid-level dealers. Jeanette said the arrests will remove a large portion of dealers from the community.

“Typically, with a bust like this you’ll have people closing up shop, waiting for the other shoe to drop,” Jeanette said.

The yearlong investigation, led by the FBI, resulted in 54 arrests on federal charges on Tuesday. Six people under federal indictment are still at large. Four more were arrested on state charges, Jeanette said.

Authorities seized more than 2 pounds of meth, more than $120,000 and multiple weapons.

In terms of product seized, Jeanette said it doesn’t initially appear to be significant. However, he said it’s huge considering the number of arrests made and the geographic area they cover.

He said law enforcement determined the meth was coming from states such as Utah, Arizona, Colorado and Oklahoma.

The investigation was built off a case from 2012.

The joint operation included more than 30 organizations.

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