Iowa Man Sentenced to more than 12 Years’ Imprisonment for Distributing Methamphetamine | USAO-NE

Acting United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that John Bourisaw, age 29, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm. United States District Court Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Bourisaw to 145 months’ imprisonment. After completing his term of imprisonment, Bourisaw will be required to serve a 5-year term of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system. Bourisaw’s prison sentence was extended by 5 years as he possessed a firearm in connection with his drug dealing.

On January 22, 2020, Omaha Police officers received information that wanted fugitive Bourisaw was in the area of 36th and Orchard Avenue in Omaha. Surveillance was set up in the area and Bourisaw was observed arriving in a vehicle and then exiting it. Thereafter, officers approached and ordered him to the ground. Bourisaw refused and fled on foot. During a chase, officers saw him discard a handgun and keys to the vehicle he had arrived in, which turned out to be stolen. Bourisaw was captured and a search of his person revealed approximately 34 grams of actual methamphetamine. A search of the vehicle revealed drug paraphernalia and a rifle.

This case was investigated by the Omaha Police Department. This case was part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.     

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