A 51-year-old man was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

John F. Haller III of Riverside, California, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Robert F. Rossiter Jr. There is no parole in the federal judicial system, although people may still earn early release for exemplary behavior.

Haller was indicted by U.S. attorneys in Utah and in Nebraska, but the Utah case was transferred to the District of Nebraska for disposition. The case was primarily investigated by the Omaha field division of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service.

In July 2017, Haller delivered about 50 pounds of methamphetamine to another defendant at a gas station in Gretna on behalf of a Mexico-based drug-trafficking organization. The methamphetamine was intended for distribution in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area, according to Joe Kelly, the U.S. attorney for Nebraska.

One month later, a deputy sheriff in Summit County, Utah, stopped a pickup truck on Interstate 15, bound for Omaha with Haller as a passenger. Officers searched the vehicle and recovered a garbage bag containing about 10 pounds of methamphetamine.

At the time of the traffic stop, Haller claimed the methamphetamine and admitted that he made additional trips and deliveries on behalf of the drug-trafficking organization.

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