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ERIC CORNELISON
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DALLAS - Lee Roy Chaney, 33, of Ellis County was convicted on two counts of distribution of methamphetamines and aiding and abetting by a federal jury in Dallas on Thursday, July 19. Chaney faces up to 60 years in prison and a possible fine of $3 million which will be decided at his sentencing in November.

The charges stem from a nine-month investigation into the sell and distribution of methamphetamines in Ellis County.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, along with the Waxahachie and Ennis Police Departments and the Ellis County Sheriff's Office conducted the joint investigation.

Along with Chaney, Robert Castillo, 39, of Hutchins was convicted last week and sentenced to 190 months in jail.

Castillo had pled guilty in March to three counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

During the trial, the government presented overwhelming evidence to the jury showing Chaney distributed the drugs to a confidential informant and later distributed approximately 50 grams to the same informant about a week later.

This same informant had a conversation with Chaney at an apartment in Red Oak in which Chaney reportedly offered to sell methamphetamines.

Chaney later distributed those drugs to the informant, along with others, for a payment of $850 in a parking lot in Glenn Heights.

Chaney later offered the sale of a quarter pound of methamphetamine to the same informant for $3,000 at the apartment in Red Oak.

Chaney, along with others, delivered over 100 grams of the substance mixed with a substantial amount of methamphetamine for the $3,000 negotiated.

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