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March 13, 2013

Anderson County Residents Sentenced for Drug Trafficking

                TYLER, Texas – Three Anderson County, Texas residents have been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

               Brandon Thomas Maciel, 26, of Palestine, Texas, Valerie Lynn Doyle, 24, of Itasca, Texas, and Jeremy Bice, 35, of Anderson County, Texas pleaded guilty to possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine in 2012 and were sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  Maciel received a sentence of 87 months in federal prison, Doyle was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison and Bice was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison.

                According to information presented in court, on Mar. 3, 2010, Bice purchased 2.4 grams of cold pills containing pseudoephedrine from a Wal-Mart in Palestine, Texas. 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, Doyle and Bice with federal drug crimes. 

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

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

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