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CODY (WNE) — A Cody man has been sentenced to 3-5 years in prison for his role in a major meth dealing operation.

Kevin McElmury, 36, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth Tuesday in District Court.

A trip McElmury allegedly took to Casper with Kristen Kenney and her infant child in late October 2016 first cast light onto McElmury and his alleged drug dealing.

Near the hotel the three were staying at in Casper, police became engaged in a car chase with Colorado resident Joel Rodriguez. Once apprehended, inside Rodriguez’s vehicle authorities found 442 grams or nearly a pound of 94-100 percent pure meth. What they also found inside Rodriguez’s cell phone were McElmury’s and Kenney’s phone numbers, listed under coded names.

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Conversations between Rodriguez and Kenney allegedly alluded to a planned purchase between the parties the night Rodriguez was apprehended.

McElmury later admitted to investigators he suspected Rodriguez would be bringing meth with him to the meet-up, but denied any direct involvement in purchasing meth.

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