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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 15, 2019

Chevez McCray and Hector Mendez-Sales Sentenced to Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

Conspiracy Centered in Hamblen and Jefferson Counties

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On April 15, 2019, Chevez McCray, 35, of Morristown, Tennessee, and Hector Mendez-Sales a/k/a Oswaldo Sanchez, 34, a citizen of Guatemala residing in Talbott, Tennessee, were sentenced by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, Senior U.S. District Court Judge, for their roles in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.   

Both McCray and Sales-Mendez pleaded guilty December 2018 to conspiring with each other to distribute methamphetamine. Sales–Mendez was also convicted of illegally reentering the United States after having being deported. McCray was sentenced to serve 276 months in federal prison.  Mendez Sales was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison.

Agencies involved in this investigation included the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, FBI, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Assistant U.S. Attorneys William Roach and Robert Reeves represented the United States.                                              

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Contact: 
Sharry Dedman-Beard Public Information Officer 865.225.1671 sharry.dedman-beard@usdoj.gov
Updated April 15, 2019