Anderson County duo plead guilty to dealing meth in ETX

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 6:09pm

Two Anderson County residents are behind bars after pleading guilty to drug trafficking in East Texas.

Brandon Thomas Maciel, 26, of Palestine, and Valerie Lynn Doyle, 24, of Itasca, pleaded guilty to possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

According to court documents, on Oct. 29, 2010, Maciel purchased 2.4 grams of cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at a Walgreens store in Palestine. Doyle purchased 2.88 grams of cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at the same Walgreens store.

Maciel also admitted to making two other purchases of cold pills at a CVS store and a Wal-Mart in Palestine on the same day and on numerous other occasions. The cold pills were purchased to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Maciel and Doyle were indicted in April of this year on federal drug crimes. They face up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing dates have not been set.

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