Meth manufacturer gets 20 years

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A southwest Iowa man has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine in Mills County and other areas of southwest Iowa.

In addition to the 20-year prison sentence, William Lonnie Hanshaw, 52, of Red Oak was also sentenced in U.S. District Court to 10 years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the state Crime Victim Fund.

Hanshaw’s sentence was announced last week in a news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa.

A one-count indictment against Hanshaw was filed on May 14, 2008, charging him with conspiracy to manufacture at least 500 grams of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine and 50 grams of methamphetamine.

Hanshaw pleaded guilty to the charge in September 2008, admitting that in 2007 he had been manufacturing methamphetamine in multiple locations in southwest Iowa, including Mills County.

As part of the conspiracy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated, Hanshaw had other people purchase pseudoephedrine tablets that would be used in the meth manufacturing process.

The investigation of Hanshaw was conducted by the State of Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Mills County Sheriff’s Office, Southwest Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force and the Mills County Attorney’s Office.