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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Michigan

For Immediate Release

Friday, September 11, 2020
Andrew Birge
, United States Attorney

Final Member of Kalamazoo Methamphetamine Conspiracy Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced that Vance Lamont Hale (38) of Kalamazoo, Michigan was sentenced by United States District Judge Janet T. Neff to 15 years imprisonment. Hale was the final defendant to be sentenced in a five defendant, Kalamazoo-based methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy. All defendants charged in the superseding indictment were convicted following guilty pleas; their sentences are listed below:

Name Age Sentence
Tyshaun Derrell Robinson 26         180 Months        
Vance Lamont Hale 38 180 Months
Damarcus Donta Hunter 41 60 Months
Prince Elijah Johnson 28 27 Months
Kenneth Shears         26         24 Months

In total, law enforcement seized over three pounds of highly pure methamphetamine from various locations in Kalamazoo in the course of investigating the conspiracy. Because of prior drug trafficking convictions, Defendants Robinson and Hale were subject to fifteen-year mandatory minimum sentences. Defendant Robinson was on federal supervised release at the time he was engaged in the conspiracy, having been released from prison on February 7, 2019, less than three months before he began selling drugs again.

In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Birge stated, “West Michigan has recently seen an increase in the distribution of methamphetamine, which is an extremely dangerous drug that destroys lives. Those who choose to sell methamphetamine are on notice that it will result in serious consequences -- including mandatory minimum sentences --, particularly where a person has a prior conviction for dealing drugs.”

The Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team (KVET), the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety (KDPS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney Vito S. Solitro prosecuted the case.


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