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Leader of Nebraska meth organization sentenced to 30 years, acting US attorney says
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Leader of Nebraska meth organization sentenced to 30 years, acting US attorney says

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A 56-year-old Omaha man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for a conspiracy to sell methamphetamine in the area and launder the proceeds.

Keevan Dean was at the center of Operation Dog Pound, a DEA task force's investigation into the drug trafficking organization he headed, Acting U.S. Attorney Jan Sharp said.

There is no parole in federal prison.

In September 2018, task force members got authorization to intercept and monitor Dean’s phone calls and text messages, which helped investigators learn who was involved and how methamphetamine was being brought to Nebraska.

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Sharp said the investigation led to the seizure of numerous multi-pound packages of methamphetamine sent by U.S. mail and 10 pounds of meth in a car traveling from California to Nebraska.

The operation ended Nov. 16, 2018, with arrests in Nebraska, Iowa and California and the seizure of $55,000, nine firearms, 2.75 pounds of meth, a Mercedes Benz and $30,000 in jewelry and valuables.

At least five others were sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy, including Timothy Agee,  who got 23 years, Travis Harvey, 20 years, and Francis Peeples, 10.

“The investigation into the Keevan Dean Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) proved once again that drugs and violence go hand-in-hand,” DEA Omaha Division Special Agent in Charge Justin C. King said.

During the course of the investigation, King said investigators uncovered more than 25 pounds of methamphetamine and 10 firearms.

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"These items alone are dangerous, but when combined, exemplify an extreme threat to our communities. With Dean off of the streets for 30 years, and members of the DTO serving time for their involvement, our families and our streets are safer,” he said.

The case was investigated by the DEA, Nebraska State Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Omaha Police Department, Bellevue Police Department, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Reach the writer at 402-473-7237 or lpilger@journalstar.com.

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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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