Omaha Drug Statistics

Omaha State Drug Facts

Population: 1,713,235
Law Enforcement Officers: 3,694
State Prison Population: 6,600
Probation Population: 20,847
Violent Crime Rate National Ranking: 32

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Drug Situation In Omaha: Methamphetamine is the major concern for law enforcement within the state of Nebraska.  Nebraska continues to be a transshipment state for Mexican methamphetamine with Interstate 80 providing easy west to east access across the state.  Nebraska has over 165 meat-packing/poultry plants and 55,000 farms statewide.  The number of Hispanic workers, both legal and illegal, have nearly tripled in the last 10 years and Hispanic children currently represent the largest minority student population in the state.  While most are honest and hard working, this rapid growth has allowed drug trafficking organizations with ties to Mexico to more easily blend into the community.

2004 Federal Drug Seizures

Cocaine: 35.7 kgs.
Heroin: 0.0 kgs.
Methamphetamine: 6.3 kgs.
Marijuana: 0.9 kgs.
Ecstasy: 0 tablets
Methamphetamine Laboratories: 65 (DEA, state, and local)

Cocaine: Cocaine is predominantly controlled by Hispanic trafficking organizations, many from Mexico.

Cocaine is transported via car, parcel package and body carriers from Mexico via El Paso, Texas.

Cocaine is available at both the wholesale and retail level.

Crack cocaine is a serious problem in the large urban centers of Nebraska.

Heroin: Heroin is available in small amounts in the Omaha, Nebraska area.

Many Arrests Are Related To Drug Use

Many Arrests Are Related To Drug Use


Law enforcement officials in Nebraska report that marijuana abuse is high. According to responses to the NDTS 2002, of the 18 Nebraska respondents who reported on marijuana abuse in their jurisdictions, 14 indicated that abuse was at a high level. Law enforcement authorities in Beatrice and Saunders County indicated that marijuana abuse was moderate in their areas.

Although marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in Nebraska, marijuana-related treatment admissions to publicly funded facilities decreased from 1997 through 2001. TEDS data indicate that the number of marijuana-related treatment admissions decreased from 1,004 in 1997 to 862 in 2001. (See Table 1 in Overview section.) In addition, survey data indicate that abuse of marijuana in Nebraska is lower than reported rates of marijuana abuse nationwide. According to the 1999 and 2000 NHSDA, 3.5 percent of Nebraska residents reported having abused marijuana in the month prior to the survey compared with 4.8 percent of U.S. residents nationwide.

ADAM data for Omaha indicate that 48 percent of adult male arrestees in 2000 tested positive for marijuana. In 2000 a higher percentage of African American male arrestees (56%) tested positive for marijuana than Caucasian (43%) or Hispanic (27%) male arrestees.


Violence has been associated with marijuana distribution and abuse in Nebraska, but to a limited extent. According to ADAM data, 40 percent of adult males arrested for violent crime tested positive for marijuana in Omaha in 2000. Domestic cannabis growers often are armed and use booby traps to protect their cultivation sites from law enforcement authorities. Firearms occasionally are seized from cannabis growing sites in Nebraska. Domestic Cannabis Eradication/ Suppression Program (DCE/SP) statistics indicate that law enforcement officials in Nebraska seized 23 weapons in 1998, none in 1999, and 5 in 2000 during marijuana eradication operations. Respondents to the NDIC National Gang Survey 2000 reported that many street gangs that distribute marijuana also commit violent crimes in the state. These gangs include East Side Locos in Grand Island and 18th Street, Bloods, Crips, and Lomas 13 in Lincoln.