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Chambers County Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Manufacturing Methamphetamine

August 29, 2012

Montgomery, Alabama - Bryan Lamar Jones, age 42, of Valley, Alabama was sentenced yesterday by Chief United States District Judge W. Keith Watkins to 10 years’ imprisonment for manufacturing methamphetamine, announced George L. Beck, Jr., United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama.

On January 31, 2012, Jones pleaded guilty to conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine in Chambers and Lee Counties, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. In addition to the 10 years in jail, Judge Watkins ordered that Jones pay over $6,800 in restitution for reimbursement of hazardous materials clean-up costs.

Evidence presented at the guilty plea and sentencing hearings established that on several occasions prior to his July 2010 arrest, Jones used a network of people to purchase pseudoephedrine—an ingredient necessary to manufacture methamphetamine. Current laws make it difficult for any particular individual to purchase large quantities of pseudoephedrine at any particular location. Jones had these individuals purchase the pseudoephedrine for him in an effort to circumvent these laws. In exchange, Jones provided finished methamphetamine to these individuals for their own use. Eventually, law enforcement officers located two of Jones’ methamphetamine labs in motels in Chambers and Lee Counties. Jones also had components of a methamphetamine lab in his vehicle when he was arrested. At one of his hotel methamphetamine lab locations, officers found a firearm.

“Methamphetamine is a dangerous drug,” stated U.S. Attorney Beck. “Our community must take all measures under the law to stop the spread of this poison. This case is a great example of local and federal law enforcement working together to punish those who endanger our community.”

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Chambers County Drug Task Force; the Lee County Sheriff’s Office; the Opelika Police Department; and, the Auburn Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd A. Brown.


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