Conspiracy coming out of prison involving distribution of meth, sextortion

COLUMBIA, S.C. (CN2 NEWS) – A South Carolina inmate who was already serving a life sentence behind bars for murder, has now been sentenced to life in Federal Prison for his role in drug conspiracy and murder.

Daniel Allen Shannon

According to the United States Department of Justice, 43-year-old Daniel Allen Shannon was sentenced to life in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.  The release says the court also held Shannon responsible for his role in orchestrating the 2019 murder of a Kershaw man as a part of this conspiracy.

The Attorney’s Office says while in prison, Shannon was engaging in illegal activity through contraband cellphones he had in the prison. Officials say he used the phones to coordinate the distribution of large quantities of methamphetamine throughout Lancaster and Kershaw counties.

According to the release from the United States Attorney’s Office, after coming to believe that one of Shannon’s drug couriers had been robbed, Shannon sent his associates to retaliate, where a Kershaw man was shot and killed in September 2019.

The release says Shannon ordered his co-conspirators to burn the residence where the murder occurred and dispose of the victim, whose body was discovered, discarded alongside a highway in Westville, South Carolina.

Prosecutors also presented evidence that, in addition to the drug trafficking and violence described above, Shannon also engaged in a “sextortion” scheme while behind bars.

At the time of Shannon’s offense, he was already serving a life sentence for the 2001 kidnaping, robbery, and murder of a Lexington restaurant manager.

Shannon has now pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison and it was recommended he be incarcerated in one of two select high-security facilities within the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Chris Schoen and Ben Garner prosecuted the case.

Shannon was initially indicted on federal charges in February of 2022 and pleaded guilty in February of 2023.

United States Attorney Adair F. Boroughs

“This case illustrates the extreme danger posed by the presence of contraband cellphones in our prisons,” said United States Attorney Adair F. Boroughs. “We will not sit by as inmates use these phones to perpetrate violence, drug trafficking, sex crimes, and fraud, and will work with our federal and state partners to vigorously prosecute these offenders and protect the public.”



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