Meth maker sentenced to more than six years in prison

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Morehead City man is going to prison after pleading guilty in New Hanover County court to making methamphetamine.

The district attorney’s office says the investigation into John Edward Doyle III, 40, began when law enforcement noticed the unusual purchase of pseudoephedrine on the NPLEx (National Precursor Log Exchange) database by Doyle.

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Detectives identified friends of Doyle who similarly had unusual pseudoephedrine
purchases.

Multiple people told law enforcement that Doyle was cooking methamphetamine and had given them methamphetamine in exchange for the purchase of pseudoephedrine for him.

On January 27, 2017 the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of
Investigation executed a warrant at 1004 Mayflower Drive, Apartment 3D in connection with this investigation.

They also had a warrant for Doyle’s arrest for absconding post-release supervision for a
2013 Possession of Stolen Goods conviction in Carteret County.

The renter of the apartment gave detectives consent to search the home. This search revealed the listed precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Detectives and Agents collected evidence of five precursors for the manufacture
of methamphetamine and methamphetamine that had been produced from this cook by Doyle.

The renters of the home admitted to law enforcement that they had allowed Doyle to cook
methamphetamine in their home and they and Doyle used some of the product after Doyle was finished cooking the methamphetamine.

Doyle was arrested at that time.

In all, Doyle pleaded guilty to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, five counts of Possession of Methamphetamine Precursors, and Possession Schedule II Controlled Substance. Judge Ebern Watson sentenced Doyle to between six and just over 8 years in prison.