OMAHA, Neb. -- A Cass County woman was sentenced Thursday in federal court on a meth-related conviction.

Acting United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that 43-year-old Julie Wilkening, of Louisville, was sentenced to 45 months in prison for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

After her release from prison, she will begin a 5-year term of supervised release.

On July 22, 2020, Wilkening was pulled over in Omaha for driving with a non-operational brake light. During the traffic stop, Wilkening failed to provide a driver’s license and appeared nervous, according to the arresting officer.

Officers conducted a free air sniff with a K-9. The K-9 alerted to the smell of narcotics coming from the van.

A search was conducted of Wilkening’s van where officers recovered approximately 141 grams of methamphetamine and Wilkening’s driver’s license from her purse.

This case was investigated primarily by the Omaha Police Department.