Page County Man sentenced to 12 ½ years in prison on meth conviction


May 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A man from Shenandoah was sentenced Monday to more than 12-years in prison for his role in a methamphetamine operation. In addition to the 150-month sentence, U-S District Judge James Gritzner also ordered 49-year old Michael Thomas Shane to serve a five year term of supervised release, following incarceration.

On February 3rd, Shane plead guilty in a Council Bluffs Federal Court, to a charge of Conspiracy to Manufacture more than  500-grams of Methamphetamine. His actions occurred from January of 2009 to July 17, 2010, in the amount of 500 grams or more.

On July 17, 2010, Shane was found to have an active methamphetamine lab in his residence. An investigation by law enforcement found that Shane had worked over a lengthy period of time with a group of people to gather the items needed to manufacture meth. Prosecutors with the U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa say Shane would then manufacture, or help others manufacture, methamphetamine at various locations in and around Page County.

The investigation into his activities was conducted by the Shenandoah Police Department, the Page County Sheriff’s Office, the Mills County Sheriff’s Office, the SWIN Task Force, the Page County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement