Green Bay man faces life sentence for dealing laced heroin, overdoses

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - A federal jury has convicted a Green Bay man of leading an operation to deal drugs laced with a powerful opioid and the resulting overdoses.

David Shanks, 37, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Shanks's trial was held in a federal court in Green Bay. Evidence presented at trial shows that between August and October 2017, Shanks acted as leader of an operation to sell heroin laced with the fentanyl, and meth.

Prosecutors said the laced heroin resulted in an overdose death on Sept. 10, 2017.

Days later, two other people overdosed but were revived.

Witnesses stated that Shanks was in charge of dealing large quantities of heroin and meth in the Greater Green Bay area and the Iron Mountain, Michigan area.

"Witnesses described seeing Shanks with baseball-sized quantities of heroin and $5,000 stacks of money generated by his drug sales," reads a statement from federal prosecutors.

A jury found Shanks guilty of conspiracy to distribute heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine, conduct which resulted in death; 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.

Shanks has two prior felony drug convictions.

The punishment is a mandatory life sentence.

“This case demonstrates the devastating impact the sale of heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine has on communities and families across Wisconsin and across the country," said United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger. "Federal, state, and local law enforcement remain committed to doing everything possible to hold those responsible for this devastation accountable.”