GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- A Grand Island man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on meth-related charges.

Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Russell said 37-year-old Raymond L. Moreno, of Grand Island, was sentenced in federal court in Lincoln on Monday. Moreno received 120 months in prison for one count of distribution of 5 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) and 120 months in prison for one count of distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual). The two sentences will be served at the same time and he will be placed on supervised release for 5 years after them. There is no parole in the federal system.

According to court documents, investigators with the Tri-Cities Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT) set up a controlled purchase of meth from Moreno at a grocery store parking lot in Grand Island on March 9, 2021. The meth that was bought was sent to a lab for testing and determined to be about 27.54 grams of meth, where at least 25 grams was actual meth.

Officials said Again, TRIDENT investigators set up another controlled purchase of meth from Moreno at a gas station parking lot in Grand Island on March 22, 2021. The meth bought was again sent to a lab and  determined to be 56.32 grams of meth, where at least 54 grams was actual meth.

This case was investigated by TRIDENT. TRIDENT is a task force with law enforcement personnel from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Grand Island Police Department, Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Hastings Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, Kearney Police Department, and the Nebraska State Patrol.