Press Release: Joint Law Enforcement Operation takes down alleged southwestern Nebraska drug trafficking organization

OMAHA, Neb.-- The Omaha Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a statement on Friday afternoon, regarding the arrest they made on August 24th, where they believed to have taken down alleges Southwestern Nebraska Drug Organization. 


Omaha - Eugene Kowel, Special Agent in Charge of the Omaha Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that five federal arrest warrants and seven state arrest warrants were executed on August 24th, 2021 at 6:00am as a result of a joint operation by members of the CODE Task Force in conjunction with state, federal, and local partners.

The arrest warrants were executed in North Platte, McCook, Kearney, Lincoln, and Culbertson, Nebraska, as well as in northwestern Kansas. Additionally, two federal warrants and two state warrants were served on subjects already in state custody.

“Through collaboration with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, we were able to target and dismantle this criminal organization in Western Nebraska”, stated FBI Omaha Special Agent in charge Eugene Kowel. “Drug-related crimes strangle communities in rural Nebraska. The CODE task force will continue to work to stop the violence, get drugs and weapons off the streets, and seek justice for those living in the communities they serve.”

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Omaha Division CODE Task Force which is comprised of members of the Nebraska State Patrol, North Platte Police Department, Lexington Police Department, and Dawson County Sheriff’s Office. The arrests and warrants executed on this date were the result of multi-agency collaboration, consisting of Nebraska State Patrol, North Platte Police Department, McCook Police Department, Red Willow County Sheriff's Office, Decatur County Kansas Sheriff's Office, Sherman County Kansas Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Postal Inspection Services, the Department of Homeland Security, and FBI Omaha and Kansas City Divisions.