Feb 10, 2020 11:00 PM

Kansas soldier admits distributing instructions for bombs

Posted Feb 10, 2020 11:00 PM

Jarrett William Smith from a 2011 interview courtesy WPDE TV

TOPEKA, KAN. -  Jarrett William Smith, 24, Ft. Riley, Kan., pleaded guilty today to unlawfully distributing instructions for making explosive devices over social media while he was a member of the U.S. Army, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister.

Smith pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing information related to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction. Smith joined the Army June 12, 2017. He served as an infantry soldier and was trained in combat and tactical operations. He was transferred to Fort Riley in Kansas July 8, 2019.

The FBI received information that Smith gave out guidance to others on how to construct improvised explosive devices. He spoke to others on social media about wanting to travel to Ukraine to fight with a violent, far-right military group.

On September 20, 2019, from Fort Riley Smith sent a person working undercover for the FBI specific instructions for making an explosive device. He also provided a recipe for creating improvised napalm.

Sentencing is set for May 18. Smith could face up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. 

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Feb 10, 2020 11:00 PM
Omaha man gets 11 years for meth possession

News Release

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that on February 7, 2020, Ignacio Tapia-Lopez, age 38, was sentenced in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. United States District Court Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Tapia-Lopez to 11 years, 7 months of imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system.  After completing his term of imprisonment, Tapia-Lopez will be deported to Mexico as he is not a U.S. citizen.

On July 30, 2019, agents with the Department of Homeland Security Investigations were conducting surveillance on Tapia-Lopez as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation.  During the surveillance, Tapia-Lopez was observed driving a vehicle near Interstate 480 and Martha Street and was stopped by an Omaha Police Officer after committing a traffic infraction. Tapia-Lopez was identified as the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle.  A drug-detecting canine was deployed and alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from within the vehicle. A subsequent search revealed 23 pounds of methamphetamine in a box on the front passenger seat.  During a post-arrest interview, Tapia-Lopez admitted to his involvement in distributing narcotics. 

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the Omaha Police Department.