OMAHA, Neb. -- A 46-year-old man from Mexico was sentenced to 12 years in prison for drug trafficking crimes. 

The Acting U.S. Attorney announced that 46-year-old Fidel Cardenas-Alvarez of Mexico was sentenced on Thursday in Federal court in Omaha.

Cardenas-Alvarez was sentenced for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine, using a communication facility in the conspiracy, and for possessing with the intent to distribute meth. 

Cardenas-Alvarez got a sentence of 144 months in prison with a five-year term of supervised release to follow. There is no parole in the federal system. 

The court said that Cardenas-Alvarez will be deported by U.S. immigration authorities when he completes his sentence of imprisonment. 

Court documents said that starting in December 2020, the Drug Enforcement Administration started an operation which targeted a known Mexican-based Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) operating in the Omaha area. 

This investigation included a court authorized wiretrap interception of phone calls and text messages, allowing agents to identify the scope of the conspiracy and its members. 

Cardenas-Alvarez was identified as a member of the DTO and was intercepted numerous times over the phone discussing drug transactions with co-conspirators.

The investigation involving Cardenas-Alvarez ended on Feb. 24, 2021, when agents executed a search warrant on Cardenas-Alvarez’s apartment and seized 21.14 pounds of meth.

Other members of the DTO that have been indicted include Tomas Lorenzo-Cruz, who is scheduled for jury trial on Jan. 30, 2023, before Chief Judge Rossiter. Darald Sandman and Teresa Forbes have pled guilty to the conspiracy and will both be sentenced on March 3, 2023, before Chief Judge Rossiter.