A Green Bay man, David Shanks, age 37, has been convicted by a jury of conspiracy to distribute heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine, conduct which resulted in death. Shanks faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
Shanks was also convicted by the jury of five other drug-related counts, including distribution of methamphetamine, distribution of heroin/fentanyl/methamphetamine resulting in death, and distribution of heroin/fentanyl resulting in substantial bodily injury to two overdose victims.
According to the evidence presented at trial, between August and October 2017, Shanks was the leader of a conspiracy involved in the daily sale of heroin, laced with fentanyl, and methamphetamine. Shanks’s sale of heroin/fentanyl resulted in the overdose death of one individual on Sept. 10, 2017.
Shanks also was responsible for overdoses by two individuals on Sept. 22, 2017. Fortunately, paramedics and law enforcement were able to provide lifesaving assistance to both individuals. Cooperating witnesses testified that Shanks was responsible for distributing large quantities of heroin and methamphetamine in the greater Green Bay and Iron Mountain, Michigan, areas. Witnesses described seeing Shanks with baseball-sized quantities of heroin and $5,000 stacks of money generated by his drug sales.