A Brownwood man was sentenced to 25 years in federal court for his role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy that operated in north Texas, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas announced Wednesday.
    Billy Ray Skaggs, 49, was one of seven defendants sentenced. All seven were convicted on one count each of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine in September 2016 following a four-day jury trial.
    The meth conspiracy operated from January 2014 to April 2016.
    Prosecutors presented evidence that some of the defendants were members, including ranking members, or associates, of the Aryan Brotherhoodsd reported. Text messages from some defendants’ phones, and recordings of phone calls from jail were introduced to detail their methamphetamine trafficking.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Fort Worth Police Department investigated the case, the Star-Telegram reported.
    Skaggs was arrested numerous times in Brown County since 2000, Brown County Jail records state. Skaggs’ most recent arrest in Brown County occurred in February 2015.
     Deputies arrested Skaggs after they saw him driving in Brownwood and knew from previous contacts that his license was suspended. Skaggs fled from deputies and tossed a bag with 4.5 grams of methamphetamine, then stopped and was taken into custody, sheriff’s officials said earlier.