Two people, including former NSP employee, arrested for distribution of fentanyl-laced cocaine
A former Nebraska State Patrol employee and the owner of a Lincoln soul food restaurant have been arrested for their involvement in distributing fentanyl-laced cocaine.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A former Nebraska State Patrol employee and the owner of a Lincoln soul food restaurant have been arrested for their involvement in distributing fentanyl-laced cocaine that has triggered overdoses across the city.
35-year-old Anna Idigima, who worked as an evidence technician with NSP, and George Weaver Jr., the owner of GrannyWeavs, have both been charged with conspiracy to distribute 140 grams or more of cocaine and fentanyl.
“I and our entire state patrol family are deeply saddened by this entire situation and we all feel betrayed by this individual,” NSP superintendent Col. John Bolduc said.
LPD and NSP report that $1,234,130.50 worth of drugs were found missing from a Nebraska State Patrol evidence unit in a recent audit, including $329,800 worth of cocaine and $306,000 worth of fentanyl.
According to LPD, there were 35 overdoses and 9 overdose deaths in Lincoln between July 24 and August 19 triggered by fentanyl-laced cocaine.
On August 27, Bolduc terminated Idigima’s employment with NSP.
“This employee betrayed the trust of the people of Nebraska, who looked at the state patrol as the professional and dedicated law enforcement agency that it is,” Boldoc said. “She also betrayed the trust placed in her by our troopers, investigators and civilian team members who take pride in our constant mission to keep Nebraska safe. Worse than that, her actions appear to have caused immense pain for many people in this community.”
Channel 8 spoke with Weaver last October about his tough upbringing, past missteps and how his restaurant played a role in helping him turn his life around.
“I’ve been in prison,” Weaver told Channel 8. “A lot of people don’t really know that. I’ve been a two-time felon but I didn’t [let that stop me from] my dreams. It’s been eight years and I’m successful.”
Weaver expressed a desire to set a positive example for his children.
“My dad, he’s been in prison,” Weaver said. “He’s still in prison. I have to give my kids a different direction than what my dad gave me.”
LPD Capt. Ryan Dale characterized the relationship between Idigima and Weaver as a dating relationship.
Lancaster County Attorney Pat Condon says both will be charged with IB felonies, which carry a 20 year to life sentence. He left the door open for additional charges if it is proven that their actions led to the overdose or death of people.
“If other charges are warranted, we will definitely look at those and charge those if that’s appropriate,” Condon said.
In the aftermath of the stolen drugs, NSP says they have begun a thorough review of their evidence storage policy and procedures.
Law enforcement officials say they feel devastated and betrayed that one of their colleagues might be responsible for this.
“It’s heartbreaking, it’s frustrating,” Dale said. “We are proud to serve in this profession and serve the citizens of our communities and anytime that something like this comes up, it’s obviously heartbreaking.”
Per LPD, the city has seen 160 overdoses, so far in 2021, up from 133 in all of 2020.
Prior to 2020, the five-year average in Lincoln was 75 per year.
This investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Lincoln Police Department at 402-441-6000, the Lincoln/Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force at 402-441-8181, or Crime Stoppers at 402-475-3600.