Acting United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Thomas E. Carodine, 44, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha for three counts of distributing fentanyl. Chief United States District Court Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Carodine to 38 months’ imprisonment. Following his release from prison, Carodine will begin a 6-year term of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
Carodine is a gang member and convicted felon who distributed large amounts of fentanyl pills. On February 4, 2020, a confidential informant (CI) met Carodine in the street just outside a local Apple Store in Omaha. The CI entered Carodine’s vehicle and purchased 49 fentanyl pills for $900.
On February 10, 2020, the CI met Carodine in a local Scheels store parking lot. Carodine entered the CI’s vehicle and sold 125 fentanyl pills for $2,260.
On February 22, 2020, the CI met Carodine in the parking lot of Lakeside Hospital. Carodine entered the CI’s vehicle and sold more than 400 fentanyl pills for $9,000.
At the time of these offenses, Carodine was on federal supervised release stemming from a 2010 conviction for conspiracy to distribute 1000 kilograms or more of marijuana. His supervision was revoked following his arrest in the immediate case. Chief Judge Rossiter sentenced Carodine to an additional 12 months’ imprisonment to be served consecutive to the 38-month sentence for the fentanyl convictions, resulting in a total sentence of 50 months’ incarceration.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Omaha Police Department.