ETX trio given prison time for intent to manufacture meth

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 3:54pm

Three Anderson County residents will serve time in prison after they were convicted of buying cold pills to make methamphetamine.

On Wednesday, Brandon Thomas Maciel, 26, of Palestine, Valerie Lynn Doyle, 24, of Itasca, and Jeremy Bice, 35, of Anderson County, were sentenced to prison for possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. All three pleaded guilty to the charge back in 2012.

Maciel received 87 months, Doyle 70 months and Bice 27 months in prison.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, on Mar. 3, 2010,  Bice purchased 2.4 grams of cold pills containing pseudoephedrine from a Wal-Mart in Palestine. 

On October 29, 2010, Maciel purchased 2.4 grams of cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at a Walgreens store in Palestine. He 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. Doyle purchased 2.88 grams of cold pills at the same Walgreens store.

The trio was indicted on Apr. 11, 2012, charging Maciel, Doyle and Bice with federal drug crimes.

An additional co-defendant, Craig Lee Bice, pleaded guilty to the same charges and is awaiting sentencing.

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