OMAHA -- A federal indictment filed Friday accuses 13 people, including an auto dealership owner, of conspiring with a Mexican drug cartel to deal methamphetamine in Omaha, according to the U.S. ttorney for Nebraska.
Twelve of those indicted have been arrested or already were behind bars on other offenses, and police are looking for the 13th person, U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg said. She said six of those indicted are in the United States illegally.
The indictments were announced the same day officers from seven different law enforcement agencies in eastern Nebraska, as well as the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Police Department, executed search warrants in the case.
One of the searches took place at Gomez Auto Sales, run by Heriberto Gomez, who was arrested. Court documents did not list an attorney for Gomez.
Gilg said authorities seized 30 cars from his lot, which authorities allege was a front for the drug ring.
Authorities also have seized more than $110,000 in cash and 26 pounds of meth, believed to have a street value of more than $1 million, Gilg said.
"This all kind of started with two traffic stops that occurred ... July 16," Gilg said. "One was on the Kansas-Nebraska border and involved a person transporting 10 pounds of meth headed for Omaha. Then a couple of hours later, there was a second traffic stop in Omaha that involved 16 pounds of meth, and these individuals were connected with each other."
If convicted, those indicted face up to life in prison.