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Grand Island Man Sentenced to Nearly 6 Years in Prison

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A Grand Island man involved in the 2010 gang sweep, operation "Pier Pressure", has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison.

Luis Cruz, 32, was sentenced on Wednesday to 70 months in prison, followed by three years of supervision after his release. Cruz pled guilty earlier this summer to the charge of transferring a firearm to someone he had reason to believe was a convicted felon.

Cruz was among several people arrested in the November 2010 FBI sweep of drug runners and gang members.

The FBI gave the operation the codename "Pier Pressure", named for the Grand Island park where the activity was centered.

Cruz had originally been found to be not competent to stand trial according to the U.S. Attorney's office. He was however in federal custody and finally made his plea July 13.


This case was investigated by the Central Nebraska Drug and Safe Streets Task Force, an organization comprised of the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Hall County Sheriff's Department, Grand Island Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, Adams County Sheriff's Department, Hastings Police Department, and the Kearney Police Department.

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