A 40-year-old Nederland man has been sentenced to life in federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Stephen Shane Hall, also known as Shane Hall, was found guilty by a jury on Aug. 21, 2014, of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Hall was sentenced to a mandatory life in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

According to information presented in court, from February to August 2013, law enforcement officers investigated Hall and others regarding the distribution of methamphetamine in the Orange County area.  On Aug. 31, 2013, a search warrant was executed at a residence on Spooner Road in Orange County.  During the search, 57 grams of methamphetamine were discovered as well as many items relating to the distribution of narcotics.  Officers also located three firearms inside the residence and garage area.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Nov. 6, 2013, charging Stephen Shane Hall, Misty Hall, Kevin Trent Portie, and Scott Robicheaux with federal drug trafficking violations.  Misty Hall, Portie, and Robicheaux pleaded guilty and have been sentenced.

The case was investigated by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Beaumont Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Englade and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell James.