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United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Hugo Galaviz, aka “Big Happy,” 23, of Grand Island, was sentenced in Lincoln June 15 to 151 months in prison by the Honorable United States District Judge Richard G. Kopf, for distribution of methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

In addition to his prison term, Galaviz will serve four years of supervised release following his release from prison.

Galaviz was arrested on Nov. 18, 2010, in Grand Island for distribution of at least five grams of pure methamphetamine and various firearms offenses.

On Feb. 10, 2010, Galaviz sold a government informant a short shotgun. Later, on Oct. 21, 2010, Galaviz sold a government informant about an ounce of methamphetamine.

On June 15, a sentencing hearing was held where witnesses testified about an attempt by another defendant to have a government informant killed. The informant for the other defendant was the same informant who assisted police in the investigation of Galaviz.

Judge Kopf found that Galaviz’s involvement in the plot, while certainly minor compared to the other defendant, was still enough to warrant the application of an obstruction of justice enhancement under the United States Sentencing Guidelines.

This case was investigated by the Central Nebraska Drug and Safe Streets Task Force along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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