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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

Monday, August 26, 2013

Two Sentenced To Federal Prison For Meth Conspiracy

Two people who conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine were sentenced August 22, 2013, to fourteen months and eight months in federal prison, respectively.

Vicki Shannon, 50, and David Robley, 52, from Spencer and Early, Iowa, received the prison terms after May 2013, guilty pleas to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.

At the guilty pleas, each admitted their involvement from about 2010 through January 2013, in a conspiracy that manufactured and distributed at least 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. According to pseudoephedrine purchase logs obtained in the investigation, starting in January 2010 through January 2013, Shannon, Robley and others obtained nearly 500 grams of pseudoephedrine, all for the use of manufacturing methamphetamine. On January 11, 2013, officers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle Robley was driving. Based on the traffic stop, officers secured a search warrant of an outbuilding in Clay County, Iowa, which Robley had departed just prior to the traffic stop. Officers located and seized a number of items indicative of manufacturing methamphetamine, including but not limited to, tree spikes, lithium batteries, empty boxes of pseudoephedrine pills, blister packs, coffee filters, clear tubing, lye, muriatic acid and a Gatorade bottle containing what appeared to be an active “one-pot” style methamphetamine cook.

Shannon and Robley were sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Shannon was sentenced to 14 months’ imprisonment. Robley was sentenced to 8 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed for each. And each must also serve a two-year term of supervised release after the prison terms. There is no parole in the federal system. Shannon and Robley are being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until they can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 13-4007.

Updated February 19, 2015