OMAHA, Neb. -- A 44-year-old Omaha man was sentenced in federal court Wednesday on multiple fentanyl distribution charges.

Acting United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Thomas E. Carodine, 44, of Omaha, was sentenced to a total of 38 months in prison on three counts of distributing fentanyl.  Following his release from prison, Carodine will begin a 6-year term of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.  

According to court records, Carodine is a gang member and convicted felon who distributed large amounts of fentanyl pills in 2020. 

In February of 2020, a confidential informant met with Carodine on three separate occasions. The informant met Carodine in three different parking lots, entering Carodine's car on each occasion. The informant bought a total 574 fentanyl pills at a total cost of $12,160.

At the time of the purchases, Carodine was on federal supervised release stemming from a 2010 conviction for conspiracy to distribute 1000 kilograms or more of marijuana. His supervision was revoked following his arrest in the immediate case.

Chief Judge Robert F. Rossiter sentenced Carodine to an additional 12 months in prison to be served consecutive to the 38-month sentence for the fentanyl convictions, resulting in a total sentence of 50 months’ incarceration. 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Omaha Police Department.