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September 19, 2012

Anderson County Residents Guilty of Dealing Methamphetamine

                TYLER, Texas – Two Anderson County, Texas residents have pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                Brandon Thomas Maciel, 26, of Palestine, Texas, and Valerie Lynn Doyle, 24, of Itasca, Texas pleaded guilty to possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

                According to information presented in court, on Oct. 29, 2010, Maciel purchased 2.4 grams of cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at a Walgreens store in Palestine, Texas. 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. A federal indictment was returned on Apr. 11, 2012, charging Maciel and Doyle with federal drug crimes.

                Maciel and Doyle face up to 20 years in federal prison. Sentencing dates have not been set.

                This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.




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