Meth convictions land four central Nebraskans in federal prison

Meth convictions sending four central Nebraskans to federal prison.
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Published: Jun. 30, 2022 at 5:20 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (KSNB) - Four central Nebraskans, including two men from Grand Island, are headed to federal prison for meth-related drug convictions.

In a press release the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported details on these cases:

  • Derek Hartford, 33, Grand Island, sentenced to 10 years for meth possession and marijuana possession with intent to distribute. In August 2020, investigators found meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in Hartford’s Grand Island home. He also had marijuana and cash in his car.
  • Robbie Rodriguez, 33, Grand Island, sentenced to six years for possession of meth with intent to distribute. After a report of possible child abuse, officers searched Rodriguez’ home and found meth, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a 25-caliber pistol.
  • Jorge Sardinas, 49, Hastings, sentenced to 10 years for meth distribution. In 2021, Sardinas sold meth to a confidential informant and investigators found meth in his vehicle. He also had a prior federal drug conviction.
  • Alicia Elliott, 32, Holdrege, sentenced to five years for meth distribution. In November 2018, Elliott sold meth to a confidential informant on two separate occasions, once in Kearney and then again in Elm Creek.

These cases were investigated by Hastings Police, the Nebraska State Patrol and the Central Nebraska Drug and Safe Streets Task Force. The task force is made up of officers from the Grand Island Police Department, Hall County Sheriff, Hastings Police Department, Adams County Sheriff, Kearney Police Department, Buffalo County Sheriff, Nebraska State Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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