Omaha man found guilty of drug and firearm offenses
OMAHA, Neb. -- On Friday, the acting U.S. Attorney announced that 39-year-old Prince L. Spellman, was found guilty of several drug and firearm charges.
Spellman, of Omaha, was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, cocaine, or phencyclidine (PCP), possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and felon in possession of a firearm.
Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Russell said United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher presided over the jury trial and will sentence Spellman on January 4, 2023.
On the evening of March 8, 2021, Omaha Police officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert in north Omaha.
The officers observed a silver Jeep Cherokee in the area which appeared to be consistent with 911 callers’ descriptions of a suspect vehicle involved in the shots fired incident.
The officers followed the Jeep and obtained the license plate number and registration information, but did not have sufficient information to stop it at that time.
After gathering the vehicle information, they returned to north Omaha, where they obtained additional information from witnesses and collected 9mm bullet casings from the street.
The witnesses’ information regarding the suspect vehicle confirmed that the Jeep Cherokee they observed earlier was, in fact, the correct suspect vehicle.
The next day, March 9, 2021, around 9 p.m., an Omaha Police Department gang unit detective was on patrol in an unmarked police vehicle near 40th Street and Bedford Avenue and observed the suspect vehicle traveling northbound.
The detective recalled the description of the suspect vehicle and the license plate number from the prior evening, when the shots fired incident occurred.
The detective requested assistance from marked units to stop the suspect Jeep Cherokee, which was accomplished at a McDonald’s restaurant in the area of 30th and Taylor Streets.
Three occupants were ordered from the Jeep. In plain view, on the floorboard behind the driver’s seat, officers observed a pink and black Tanfoglio Witness P-Compact 9mm handgun.
Spellman was the driver of the Jeep and was searched.
Officers located a vial of brown liquid in Spellman’s groin that was later determined to contain PCP.
Officers also recovered a bag containing approximately 55 grams of white powder, which was later confirmed as cocaine through lab testing.
Lastly it was reported taht officers found a bottle containing 100 blue pills stamped "M”, which were later determined to contain fentanyl.
Spellman, who has an extensive record of felony convictions, was arrested.
His prior felony convictions include possession of a controlled substance, criminal impersonation (false information), strangulation - all in the District Court of Douglas County; and a prior conviction for felon in possession of a firearm in the U.S. District Court for the District.
Employees of the Omaha Police Department later examined the firearm recovered from the Jeep and casings recovered on March 8, 2021 and determined that the firearm found in the Jeep was the same firearm used during the shots fired call requiring the police response on the evening of March 8, 2021.
This case was investigated by the Omaha Police Department with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. The University of Nebraska Medical Center provided laboratory services for the investigation.