Grand Island woman sentenced for distribution of methamphetamine

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Published: Mar. 24, 2023 at 4:58 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A Grand Island woman was sentenced for distribution of meth on Friday.

According to officials, 37-year-old Kendra R. Baker of Grand Island was sentenced in Lincoln to 54 months in prison for distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture and 5 grams or more of methamphetamine actual. After serving her sentence, Baker will serve a 3-year term of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

In March and April of 2021, drug investigators used a confidential informant to arrange the controlled purchase of methamphetamine from Baker. Four methamphetamine purchases were conducted during that time period at various locations in Grand Island and Hastings. The quantities purchased during those buys ranged from a half ounce to two ounces of methamphetamine.

Baker sold in total over 125 grams of lab-confirmed methamphetamine. Some of that methamphetamine was tested for purity and determined to contain at least 74 grams of actual methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by the Tri-City Drug Enforcement Team. TRIDENT is a task force with law enforcement personnel from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Grand Island Police Department, Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Hastings Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, Kearney Police Department, and the Nebraska State Patrol.