Jury convicts Nederland man in Orange County drug conspiracy


A 40-year-old Nederland man has been convicted of drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced in a Friday, Aug. 22 press release. 

Stephen Shane Hall, also known as Shane Hall, was found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The verdict was returned late Thursday, August 21, following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone. 

According to information presented in court, from February 2013 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 have already pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. 

Stephen Shane Hall faces a mandatory sentence of life in federal prison.  A sentencing date has not been set. Hall has prior convictions for burglary-forced entry and possession of a controlled substance and several misdemeanor charges, according to PublicData.

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 is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Englade and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell James.