OMAHA, Neb. -- Three people were sentenced in federal court in Omaha on meth-related drug trafficking charges.

30-year-old Nzingha Eureka Simmons and 38-year-old Todd Daniel Kowal were sentenced Wednesday for their participation in a methamphetamine drug conspiracy. 40-year-old Omar Vaillant, Jr. was sentenced Thursday on drug trafficking and firearm convictions.

Simmons was sentenced to 70 months in prison, while his co-defendant, Kowal, was sentenced to 151 months in prison. Vaillant was given 93 months behind bars.

On September 16, 2020, Kowal sold a confidential source one ounce of methamphetamine at an Omaha Mega Saver convenience store. Together, on October 1, 2020, Kowal and Nzingha Simmons, sold a confidential source two ounces of methamphetamine in Omaha.

One month later, officers responded to a report of a person slumped over in a car in the Victorian Inn Hotel parking lot in Omaha. Officers found Simmons in the driver’s seat and Kowal in the passenger seat. Officers searched Simmons’ car and found approximately 14 grams of methamphetamine mixture in five separate bags. Officers also found a heat sealer and a digital scale.

According to officers, Kowal’s green Honda was parked nearby. He consented to a search of the vehicle and officers located 63.5 grams of methamphetamine in the rear passenger side of the car. 

Later the same day, a bedroom shared by Kowal and Simmons was searched and an additional 282 grams of lab-confirmed methamphetamine (actual) was recovered.

Vaillant was arrested and tried on a separate, unrelated incident.

During a surveillance operation on April 9, 2021, Omaha police officers observed a suspected drug transaction after officers saw a hand to hand transaction between the occupants of two vehicles. 

They followed the vehicles and observed one parking outside a residence near 21st and Maple Street.  Officers approached the vehicle, identified the driver as Valliant, and saw an open can of beer in the center console.

The vehicle was searched and a black bag was found in the trunk. The bag was searched and officers located 36  grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, baggies, and a 9mm handgun. Vaillant admitted to possessing the methamphetamine and the handgun.

All three people convicted will also be on supervised release at the ends of their sentences. There is no parole in the federal system.