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Leader of Nebraska meth organization sentenced to 30 years, acting US attorney says
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Leader of Nebraska meth organization sentenced to 30 years, acting US attorney says

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A 56-year-old Omaha man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for a conspiracy to sell methamphetamine in the area and launder the proceeds.

Keevan Dean was at the center of Operation Dog Pound, a DEA task force's investigation into the drug trafficking organization he headed, Acting United States Attorney Jan Sharp said.

There is no parole in federal prison.

In September 2018, task force members got authorization to intercept and monitor Dean’s phone calls and text messages, which helped investigators learn who was involved and how methamphetamine was being brought to Nebraska.

The operation ended Nov. 16, 2018, with arrests in Nebraska, Iowa and California and the seizure of $55,000, nine firearms, 2.75 pounds of meth, a Mercedes Benz and $30,000 in jewelry and valuables.

At least five others were sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy, including Timothy Agee who got 23 years, Travis Harvey 20 years and Francis Peeples 10.

“The investigation into the Keevan Dean Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) proved once again that drugs and violence go hand-in-hand,” DEA Omaha Division Special Agent in Charge Justin C. King said.

During the course of the investigation, King said investigators uncovered more than 25 pounds of methamphetamine and 10 firearms.

The case was investigated by the DEA, Nebraska State Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Omaha Police Department, Bellevue Police Department, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7237 or lpilger@journalstar.com.

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