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Neighbors of a South Omaha used car dealership said Monday that they never had problems with the business or its owner, who was indicted last week on federal drug charges in connection with an operation that investigators say was tied to a Mexican drug cartel.

Heriberto Gomez, who owns Gomez Auto Sales at 2310 Q St., was one of 13 people indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly possessing and intending to distribute 26 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $1 million, said U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg.

The Omaha Metro Task Force, made up of law enforcement officers in Douglas and Sarpy Counties, was involved in the investigation, as was the FBI and Nebraska State Patrol.

The investigation began earlier this year after a couple of traffic stops raised authorities’ suspicions.

Gilg wouldn’t specify Gomez’s alleged role in the drug ring, but she called him “a major player.”

Authorities seized all the cars that were for sale at the Q Street business. Gomez also owns another dealership, at 41st and Harrison Streets in Bellevue.

Gilg said a total of $110,000 was seized from the 13 people indicted. The case remains under investigation, she said.

“It’s big time,” Gilg said.

Gilg said charges against the 13 carry penalties of 10 years to life in prison.

“It was a lot of drugs, and when you’ve got drugs you’ve got violence,” Gilg said. “At least we’ve reduced some of the violence that would have been associated with 26 pounds of drugs.”

An employee who answered the phone at the Q Street location Monday said drugs were not being dealt out of the business.

 

 

 

 

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