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November 21, 2022Hastings, NE, United StatesNarcotics

Hastings man sentenced for distributing methamphetamine following joint HSI, law enforcement partner investigation

HASTINGS, Neb. — Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Kansas City Katherine Greer and Acting United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Robert Williams, 52, of Hastings, Nebraska, was sentenced Nov. 16, 2022, by United States District Court Judge John M. Gerrard to a term of 144 months’ imprisonment following his conviction for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

After he completes his prison sentence, Williams will also serve eight years on supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

On July 9, 2020, investigators utilized a confidential informant to purchase methamphetamine from Williams. The buy fell through, but investigators obtained a search warrant for Williams’ apartment. Inside, investigators located approximately 269 grams of methamphetamine packaged in 27 different baggies. The drugs were sent to the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab, where an analyst confirmed that one of the bags was confirmed to be 66 grams of pure methamphetamine. Officers also located marijuana and a large number of pills, as well as other items used to ingest and distribute narcotics.

This case was investigated by HSI, the Hastings Police Department and the Central Nebraska Drug and Safe Streets Task Force, which 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 and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Homeland Security Investigations

HSI is a directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 6,800 special agents assigned to 225 cities throughout the United States, and 93 overseas locations in 56 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’ largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

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