Vandalia man arrested on federal meth, weapons charges

Vandalia man arrested on federal meth, weapons charges

FAYETTE COUNTY, IL — A 46-year-old Vandalia man was arrested on a federal arrest warrant Thursday when local and federal officials executed a search on a home on West Randolph Street in Vandalia. Shane T. Hans was indicted Wednesday in federal court in East St. Louis on two counts of distribution of methamphetamine and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

A federal agent involved in the case testified before a federal judge Wednesday that in May 2021, Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant on Hans’ residence and seized approximately 15 grams of methamphetamine, ammunition, digital scales, a digital camera system, police radio scanner, US currency, over 100 grams of liquid meth, drug paraphernalia, and pseudoephedrine that is commonly used to manufacture meth. Hans later told authorities the deputies failed to find an additional 15 grams of meth hidden in a chair in the home that was for resale and not personal use.

He is currently facing three Class X felonies in Fayette County Court for delivery of between 100 and 400 grams of meth, possession of between 100 and 400 grams of meth, and armed violence stemming from the May incident. He’s additionally charged in that case with two Class 3 felonies for criminal fortification of a residence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, along with a Class 2 felony charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm with a prior conviction. Hans was released in that case after posting a $5,000 cash bond.

Then on July 24, agents used a confidential source to purchase 14 grams of meth from Hans inside his home. The source and Hans reportedly discussed a firearm in the home at the time. In 2016, Hans was arrested following a standoff in Hagarstown with Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies and Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System [ILEAS] SWAT Team.

He was sentenced in that case to three years in prison on an assortment of felony meth and firearms charges. Hans was released from IDOC in that case after serving less than 18 months.

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