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LeRoy man pleads guilty to drug trafficking

Donald G. Vanelli II, 47, of LeRoy, Genesee County, has pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine.

Vanelli faces up to life in prison, a $4 million fine, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett A. Harvey said the charges stemmed from a joint federal, state and local investigation which revealed Vanelli was responsible for obtaining between five and 15 kilograms of methamphetamine from drug suppliers and distributing them to others in the Genesee County and Monroe County areas between 2004 and July 2010.

The investigation also revealed that Vanelli possessed firearms, including a loaded 9mm rifle, at his residence and other locations. As part of the plea agreement, the defendant agreed to forfeit to the government a 9 mm rifle, a 9 mm magazine and 78 rounds of 9 mm ammunition that were seized from his LeRoy residence. During the investigation, law enforcement authorities seized approximately 75 grams of methamphetamine, three firearms and more than $6,000 in cash.

Vanelli was arrested along with four others last July. He is the first defendant to be convicted.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 10.