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Vandalia man pleads guilty to federal drug, gun charges

EAST ST. LOUIS — A 45-year-old Vandalia man entered a guilty plea in federal court on Thursday, July 21, to drug and gun offenses.

According to a press release, Shane Hans pleaded in federal court in East St. Louis to one count of distribution, one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of a felon in possession of a firearm.

As part of the plea negotiations, Hans acknowledged that on May 14, 2021, he possessed with the intent to distribute 15 grams of meth and possessed a firearm as a convicted felon, all of which were recovered by law enforcement from his home.

Hans also admitted that he knowingly distributed 14 grams of meth on July 24, 2021 from his residence.

U.S. Attorney Rachelle Aud Crowe thanks the Federal Bureau of Investigation-Springfield Field Office and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office for their work in investigating the case. She said: “this kind of cooperative effort between federal and local law enforcement agencies is essential to making our communities safer.”

Hans is set to be sentenced on Nov. 17, where he could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.