A Valley, Ala., man has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars for manufacturing methamphetamine.
Bryan Lamar Jones, 42, pleaded guilty in January to conspiring to produce the toxic drug in Chambers and Lee County.
Prosecutors said Jones used a network of people to buy pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used in meth, to circumvent regulatory restrictions on its sale. The people who helped him buy the drug were compensated with "finished" methamphetamine, the authorities said.
Jones manufactured the drug in hotels and at least one residence and also used the drug, which prosecutors said impaired "his ability to mitigate the dangers involved." He had parts of a meth lab in his vehicle when he was arrested in 2010.
Court documents show Jones used ammonia, hydrochloric acid, camping fuel, and muriatic acid in making more than 200 grams of methamphetamine. The pseudoephedrine was purchased at various stores and pharmacies around the Chattahoochee Valley, including Walmarts in Auburn, Opelika and Phenix City.
Methamphetamine is a dangerous drug, U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. said in a statement. Our community must take all measures under the law to stop the spread of this poison."
Jones was also ordered to pay $6,800 restitution to pay for the hazardous materials cleanup costs that he caused. A co-defendant, James Philip Adcox, also pleaded guilty this year to his role in the conspiracy and was sentenced in June to four years in prison.