Lincoln man gets 27 years on meth charges

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Enrique Steven Abarca, 26, was sentenced to 27 years on Thursday for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture.

After a four-day trial, a federal jury convicted Abarca, of Lincoln, with the conspiracy charge in December 2021.

He was held responsible for distributing more than 11 pounds of meth into the Lincoln area between May and August 2019.

Abarca has two previous drug felonies for delivery of methamphetamine and conspiracy to deliver cocaine. He was sentenced to one to three years by Platte County and two years by Dodge County.

Because of these prior convictions, he faced a minimum sentence of 25 years. Once released, Abarca will serve 10 years on supervised release because there is no parole in the federal system.

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