Woodbury County man sentenced to 123 months in Federal prison for meth conspiracy after ICE HSI, law enforcement partners investigation

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AXTELL, Neb. — Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge of the Kansas City Area of Responsibility Katherine Greer and United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Chad Carlson, 44, of Axtell, Nebraska, was sentenced on Jan. 27, 2022, by United States District Judge John M. Gerrard to 15 years and 8 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine following an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) HSI, joint partner, investigation. After completing his prison term, Carlson will serve five years on supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

Between 2015 and 2019, Carlson sold methamphetamine to a number of people in various communities in central Nebraska. In October of 2018, Carlson sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant working with law enforcement.

This case was investigated by the Central Nebraska Drug and Safe Streets Task Force, which is made up of officers from Homeland Security Investigations, the Grand Island Police Department, Hall County Sheriff, Hastings Police Department, Adams County Sheriff, Kearney Police Department, Buffalo County Sheriff, Nebraska State Patrol, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

HSI is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of DHS, responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

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