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Victoria man sentenced to 40 years in prison for on drug conviction

March 16, 2012 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated March 15, 2012 at 10:16 p.m.

Chad Wade Spence

A Victoria man was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Thursday after being found guilty of unlawful manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance over 400 grams.

A jury found Chad Wade Spence, 27, guilty on three counts relating to the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Spence's sentences range from 5 to 40 years in prison, and fined $50,000, according to a news release from the district attorney's office.

Spence was arrested on July 22, after rural Victoria County residents reported suspicious activity on their property.

The Victoria County Sheriff's Office discovered more than 3,000 grams of methamphetamine hidden in a covert laboratory.

Spence was on parole for burglary of a habitation at the time of the offense.

"This case wouldn't have been possible without the hard work of investigator JT Smith and the Special Crimes Unit of the Victoria County Sheriff's Office," Victoria County Assistant District Attorney Arnold Hayden said in the news release.

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