Man convicted after Omaha authorities find 17 pounds of meth in shop vac

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A man was convicted Friday after Omaha authorities found a shop vac that contained 17 pounds of meth, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

Jesus Godinez-Contreras, 45, of Mexico was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute meth.

Godinez-Contreras had conspired with others to distribute meth in the Omaha area from 2019 to 2020, the Attorney’s Office said.

On Oct. 15, 2019, the Drug Enforcement Administration and local investigators arranged a purchase of 1/2 pound of meth from a Mexico-based supplier.

A co-conspirator, Salvador Rodriguez-Portillo, delivered the meth to the informant for $2,000.

Another purchase was arranged by investigators on Jan. 9, 2020, this time for 1 pound of meth from a different Mexico-based supplier.

Godinez-Contreras and another co-conspirator, Rene Daniel Galvan-Salas, delivered the meth to an undercover DEA agent at an Omaha Walmart parking lot.

Godinez-Contreras had been staying inside of his pickup truck but eventually got out and approached an officer who was parked nearby conducting surveillance, according to the Attorney’s Office.

After approaching the officer, he returned to his truck and moved it behind the Walmart.  He then picked up Galvan-Salas after the sale.

On March 19, 2020, investigators saw all three conspirators together at Godinez-Contreras’ home in Omaha.

They then witnessed Galvan-Salas loading a shop vac into Rodriguez-Portillo’s SUV.

Weeks later, investigators found that the shop vac had 17 pounds of meth inside, the Attorney’s Office said.

Godinez-Contreras’ sentencing date has been set for July 8.

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