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Lincoln man who repeatedly sold heroin, fentanyl to undercover officer gets prison time
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Lincoln man who repeatedly sold heroin, fentanyl to undercover officer gets prison time

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A 37-year-old Lincoln man who sold heroin -- some mixed with fentanyl -- to an undercover officer more than a dozen times in less than two months went to prison for it Tuesday. 

Adam Sobotka had asked for probation on the two delivery charges to which he'd previously pleaded no contest as part of a plea deal, saying he sold to the officer to feed his own addiction. 

Adam Sobotka

Sobotka

But Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Charles Byrd said Sobotka sold to more than just the officer because it was a delivery to someone else that led to his arrest a year ago. 

He said Sobotka had an extensive history of drug possession but continued to engage in criminal behavior despite the consequences and charges he's received and the opportunities he's been afforded, including probation and drug court.

District Court Judge Susan Strong said she didn't consider Sobotka a good candidate for probation. She said he's had plenty of chances to change his life and behavior.

"You have not managed to make any of that stick," she said.

Sobotka originally was facing 20 felony charges for selling a total of 12.7 grams of heroin in 14 separate deals between Dec. 11, 2019, and Jan. 29, 2020, according to police.

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They said six times, the fentanyl had been mixed in the heroin, a combination that can be particularly dangerous and lead to overdoses.

On Tuesday, without elaborating, Strong said before Sobotka's arrest in July 2020 law enforcement discovered he possibly had supplied heroin to someone who overdosed.

"It's not just you that we're here about today. It's about all those folks that buy these drugs from you and about the risk that that poses to the community," she told him, before sentencing him to 12 to 20 years in prison. 

With credit for a little more than a year served, he'll have to serve about five years more before he's eligible for parole. 

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Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

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