36-year-old woman faces prison, deportation after federal meth sentence

OMAHA, Neb. -- A 36-year-old Mexican woman was sentenced in federal court in Omaha for methamphetamine-related charges.

Almendra Escobedo-Orozco was sentenced to 100 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. There is no parole in the federal prison system. After her release from prison, she will begin a two-year term of supervised release. Escobedo-Orozco is subject to deportation by U.S. immigration authorities when she completes her prison sentence.

In March of 2020, Omaha Police Department narcotics investigators received information that Joseph Rauber was distributing methamphetamine and that he was being supplied by a female, later determined to be Escobedo-Orozco. On May 14, 2020, investigators obtained a warrant to search a residence in Omaha frequented by Escobedo-Orozco. On May 19, 2020, while executing the warrant, investigators arrested two residents. During the search, investigators seized drug ledgers, packaging material, 8,677 grams of marijuana, $4,336.00, Mexican passports, and various identity documents. Escobedo-Orozco, who had just left the residence, was stopped driving a minivan and found with two pounds of methamphetamine. Another residence in Omaha frequented by Escobedo-Orozco was searched. There, officers seized $7,800.00, a box for a digital scale, and 6 grams of methamphetamine.

On May 28, 2020, investigators executed a search warrant at Rauber’s residence in Iowa. The search yielded approximately 83.8 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 3.6 grams of cocaine, 7 long guns, 11 handguns, ammunition, stolen property, digital scales, and $55,035.00 in drug proceeds. All currency seized in this case will be forfeited to the United States. Rauber was also convicted and on June 30, 2021, he was sentenced to imprisonment for a term of 180 months to be followed by a 5-year term of supervised release.

This case was investigated by Omaha Police Department and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.