A 51-year-old California man who delivered 50 pounds of methamphetamine to a gas station in Gretna has been sentenced in Nebraska to 14 years in federal prison.

John F. Haller III, of Riverside, California, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter Jr. sentenced him Friday in Omaha.

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United States Attorney Joe Kelly said in July 2017, Haller delivered the methamphetamine on behalf of a Mexico-based drug-trafficking organization. It was intended for distribution in the Omaha and Council Bluffs (Iowa) metropolitan area.

One month later, a sheriff's deputy in Summit County, Utah, stopped a pickup heading east toward Omaha with 10 pounds of methamphetamine. Kelly said Haller, a passenger, claimed the methamphetamine and admitted he'd made additional trips and deliveries on behalf of the organization.

The case was primarily investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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