Wisner Man Sentenced to 168 Months for Drug and Money Laundering Conspiracy

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United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Kaden Henry, 23, of Wisner, Nebraska, was sentenced on February 23, 2022, in Omaha, by United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine and money laundering.  Henry received a sentence of 168 months’ imprisonment with a five-year term of supervised release to follow. Henry was also ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $8,000.  There is no parole in the federal system. 

Beginning in mid-2018, a Drug Enforcement Administration task force started investigating the methamphetamine distribution operation of David Short in the Omaha-metro area.  This investigation included a court ordered Title III interception of phone calls and text messages, allowing agents to identify the scope of the conspiracy and its members.  As part of this investigation, Henry was identified as a source of methamphetamine that was delivering to the Omaha-metro area.

On October 29, 2020, Henry delivered 387 grams of pure methamphetamine to an undercover DEA agent.  On November 12, 2020, Henry was arrested and was in possession of two pounds of methamphetamine.  A search of Henry’s residence revealed another pound of methamphetamine.  Additional evidence showed that Henry was sending the money obtained from the sale of methamphetamine to Sinaloa, Mexico.

This effort was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

This case was investigated by the DEA, Nebraska State Patrol, and the Omaha Police Department.