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Date: 03-24-2023

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United States of America v. Keven Leroy Spanel

Case Number: 1:22-cr-00018

Judge: Robert W. Pratt

Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa (Pottawattamie County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Council Bluffs

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Description: Council Bluffs, Iowa criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with distributing drugs and felony possession of a firearm.

Keven Leroy Spanel, 59, distributed methamphetamine in the Council Bluffs and Omaha metro areas. In early 2022, Spanel was arrested carrying a firearm, which he used to protect himself and his drug trafficking activities. In July 2022, while on temporary release to attend a doctor’s appointment, Spanel escaped on foot by threatening the transportation driver with a screwdriver. Spanel was apprehended five days later by the Council Bluffs Police Department. After his prison term, Spanel will be on supervised release for five years.

United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. The Southwest Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, Council Bluffs Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and United States Marshal Service investigated the case.

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - SELL, DISTRIBUTE, OR DISPENSE: 21:841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B). Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine)

VIOLENT CRIME/DRUGS/MACHINE GUN: 18:924(c)(1)(A). Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

Outcome: Defendant sentenced to a total term of 120 months' imprisonment, comprised of 60 months as to each of Counts 1 and 2 of the Indictment, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release as to each count, to be served concurrently. Count 3 is dismissed. Defendant's sentence of 24 months' imprisonment in No. 1:22-cr-00037, to be served consecutively. No fine imposed. $200 Special Assessment.

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