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Council Bluffs Man Sentenced to 360 Months in Prison for Drug Conspiracy and Gun Crimes

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Iowa

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA - On September 5, 2017, William Henry Adkins, 65, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger to 360 months in prison for his participation in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and firearms offenses, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. Co-defendant Windy Marie Hannon, 40, also of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was sentenced by Judge Ebinger on August 9, 2017, to 150 months in prison for her role in the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

On April 17, 2017, Adkins proceeded to a jury trial and was found guilty on all counts -- conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. Co-defendant Hannon previously entered a plea of guilty on April 4, 2017.

Evidence at trial proved Adkins was responsible for conspiring to distribute over 2,300 grams of methamphetamine. Upon his arrest on federal charges in January 2017, Adkins was found in possession of methamphetamine, scales, baggies, drug ledgers, a loaded .40 caliber handgun, and deposit receipts totaling over $32,000.

This investigation was conducted by the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, which consists of the Council Bluffs Police Department, Mills County Sheriff’s Office, Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, and Iowa Department of Public Safety Division of Narcotics Enforcement. The United States Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted with the investigation. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.


Jason T. Griess

Updated September 6, 2017

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses