Lincoln man gets eight years in prison on gun and drug charges

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Lincoln man will spend over eight years behind bars after being found with drugs at a local hotel, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Joseph Thompson, 24, was sentenced Monday to 100 months in prison for possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

On April 29, 2021, Lincoln Police investigators searched a hotel room and found a backpack, which held marijuana, pills and a firearm magazine speed loader, the attorney’s office said.

Police also found a loaded 9 mm pistol with an extended magazine. The magazine was stolen back in 2017 from McKinney, Texas.

The hotel’s surveillance video showed Thompson carrying the backpack into the hotel room, according to the attorney’s office.

Investigators later spoke with Thompson, who admitted that the marijuana belonged to him.

Police then seized Thompson’s phone and obtained a search warrant, the attorney’s office said.

Phone data provided evidence of drug dealing and firearms possession, according to the attorney’s office.

Photos and videos of guns were found in the phone, including one that showed Thompson threatening to kill an unknown person while holding a firearm.

Drugs taken during the hotel search were sent to the Nebraska State Patrol’s crime lab, which detected marijuana and meth in some of the pills, the attorney’s office said.

During an unrelated investigation in a July 8, 2021, shooting, officers seized Thompson’s phone again and found more evidence of firearm possession and drug distribution.

Thompson was previously convicted of possessing a firearm on school grounds in 2017, the attorney’s office said.

After his prison sentence, Thompson will serve five years of supervised release.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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