Grand Island Man Sentenced for Methamphetamine and Firearm Charges
United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Christopher Lee Perez, 36, of Grand Island, Nebraska, was sentenced on May 22, 2023, in Lincoln, Nebraska, by Senior United States District Court Judge John M. Gerrard to a term of 13 years imprisonment following his conviction for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine and using a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. After his prison sentence, Perez will also serve 5 years on supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
On December 1, 2021, law enforcement served a search warrant on Perez’s truck in Grand Island. Inside the truck, they found a backpack with a gun cleaning kit, a bag of 79 grams of methamphetamine, ammunition, and baggies. Under the driver’s seat, officers found a Taurus Millennium G2 pistol with a magazine containing rounds of ammunition. The pistol was readily available to protect Perez and the methamphetamine. Officers also found a digital scale on the rear floorboard.
This case was investigated by the Trident Drug Task Force, which is made up of officers from the Grand Island Police Department, Hall County Sheriff, Hastings Police Department, Adams County Sheriff, Kearney Police Department, Buffalo County Sheriff, Nebraska State Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.