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      Colorado Man Sentenced in North Platte Area Cocaine Bust

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      A Colorado man has been sentenced for conspiracy to distribute cocaine in the North Platte area.

      United States Attorney Deborah Gilg said that Lavon James Owens, 35, of Lakewood, Colo., was sentenced Monday to 6.5 years in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release after his release.

      Owens, with the help of other people, transported cocaine base and powder cocaine from Denver to the North Platte area in the months between January 1, 2007 and June 14, 2011.

      Owens is being held responsible for the distribution of at least 196 grams (around 7 ounces) of cocaine base (also called "crack cocaine") and at least 100 grams (around 3 1/2 ounces) of powder cocaine.

      Thiscase was investigated by the CODE Task Force which is made up of lawenforcement agencies throughout a 22-county area in west-central/southwestNebraska and includes the North Platte Police Department, Dawson County Sheriff's Office, Lincoln CountySheriff's Office, Red Willow CountySheriff's Office, Frontier CountySheriff's Office, Nebraska StatePatrol, FBI, DEA, and Homeland Security Investigations.

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