Convicted Iowa, Nebraska drug dealers sentenced to decades behind bars

POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY, Iowa- A Council Bluffs man has been sentenced to 20-years in prison, after a drug investigation in western Iowa and Nebraska. .

Twenty-eight-year-old Bernave Navarrete of Council Bluffs was arrested after a lengthy investigation. Two Omaha men, 35-year-old Joseph A. Brown and 31-year-old Christopher M. Rouse were also arrested, and have been sentenced to 10 and 20 years in prison respectively, followed by five years of supervised release.

Christopher Rouse were also arrested, and have also been sentenced to prison. A drug task force arrested the men, after discovering methamphetamine was being brought to Omaha from Mexico and sold in Nebraska and western Iowa.

United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum of the Southern District of Iowa announced three sentences for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine imposed by Chief District Court Judge John Jarvey on October 8, 2019.

The following individuals were already sentenced to prison.

Jackie Thielen, ten years; Brandy Kumpula, eight years; Chase Richard, fifteen years; Jessica

Snavely, ten years; and William LaBenz, five years. The sentencing hearings for Omar Martinez,

Laura Rausch-Anderson, Colby Dunn and Manda May Rowell are still pending.

Agencies involved in the investigation include: Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Federal Bureau

of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force, Omaha Police Department, Southwest Iowa Narcotics

Task Force, Council Bluffs Police Department, Harlan, Iowa Police Department and the Shelby

County Sheriff’s Department.

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