OMAHA, Neb. – An Omaha woman joins a string of people from a multi-state drug trafficking ring to be sentenced to federal prison.

43-year-old Victoria Bindas was sentenced Thursday to 121 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute and posses with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Bindas becomes the ninth person sentenced in connection to the drug trafficking organization, joining three other people from Omaha, one from Wisner, three from Council Bluffs, Iowa, and one from El Paso, Texas.

Beginning in mid-2018, a Drug Enforcement Administration-led task force started investigating the methamphetamine distribution operation of David Duane Short, based out of the Omaha area.  

Authorities intercepted phone calls and text messages, allowing agents to identify the scope of the conspiracy and its’ members. 

Bindas was observed on numerous occasions contacting Short and was obtaining mutli-ounce quantities of methamphetamine. 

The deals between Short and Bindas were monitored by law enforcement. Bindas was ultimately held responsible for buying at least 1,200 grams of methamphetamine from Short to distribute.   

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Omaha Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, IRS’s Criminal Investigations, and the Pottawattamie County (Iowa) Sheriff’s Office.