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A David City man convicted of a drug-related offense was recently sentenced to a stint in jail by Platte County District Court Judge Robert Steinke.

Justin A.M. Shannon, 25, was sentenced to spend 364 days incarcerated in the Platte County Detention Center after being found guilty of attempting to deliver a controlled substance near a school, a Class IIA felony, punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment. He was credited with 172 days of time served.

In November 2018, court records show that an officer with the Columbus Police Department made contact with a confidential informant who had arranged a set up to purchase methamphetamine in Columbus.

A warrantless arrest affidavit shows that the confidential informant arrived at a location in the 2000 block of 23rd Avenue in Columbus and learned that the original person he or she was scheduled to buy from was waiting for the drugs to arrive.

While waiting, court records show another individual, identified as “Justin,” offered to sell the informant methamphetamine. Meeting with the defendant, court records show Shannon removed a small amount of crystal substance from a baggie and repackaged it into a smaller baggie. The smaller baggie was weighed and then a $50 transaction was completed.

The substance field tested positive as being methamphetamine and weighed approximately .7 grams.

The home located in the 2000 block of 23rd Avenue is located in close proximity to a Columbus elementary school, court records show. Using the Platte County Assessor’s website, law enforcement determined that from the residence porch to the school’s east fence property line, the total distance was about 103 feet; to the edge of the east playground equipment about 179 feet; and to the east wall of the elementary school, approximately 394 feet.

Shannon was subsequently arrested and booked in Platte County Jail.

Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at sam.pimper@lee.net.

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Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram, Schuyler Sun and The Banner-Press newspapers. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2015.

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