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Latest news: 2-22-2010

St. Louis government considers pseudoephedrine prescription law

IL - Alderman Stephen Gregali proposed a bill on Friday that would require prescriptions to buy pseudoephedrine products in the city, a move to help curtail the production of methamphetamine.
Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant that is also methamphetamine's main ingredient. Gregali, D-14th Ward, said city officers have told him that meth addicts are coming to the city to buy pseudoephedrine since more suburban and rural areas have started requiring prescriptions. If the bill passes, St. Louis would become the eighth local government in the metro area to pass a prescription law. Eureka in St. Louis County became the most recent to do so on Tuesday.

Full story, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Miss. smurfers arrested for stockpiling pseudoephedrine

MS - “Smurfs” across the Greenwood and Leflore County area are being taken down as they stock up on cold medicines in anticipation of a law that will severely limit their purchasing ability. Nine suspects were apprehended last week in “Operation Gargamel,” an undercover pursuit to curb the manufacture of methamphetamine in Leflore County. “Smurfing” refers to the meth manufacturers’ practice of jumping from store to store, buying small amounts of pseudoephedrine at a time. Greenwood Police Chief Henry Purnell said meth manufacturers are coming from as far as Arkansas to gather stockpiles of pseudoephedrine-based cold medicine, a decongestant and precursor to crystal meth.

Full story, The Greenwood Commonwealth

S.C. county sees increase in meth lab busts

SC - It's easy to make and it's highly explosive. Lexington County Sheriff James Metts says the methamphetamine problem in his county is getting worse. "Meth has really exploded in the past five to ten years," said Metts. The numbers prove it. In 2009, Lexington County busted 26 meth labs. In less than two months into 2010, deputies have already busted three. Metts says meth dealers like Lexington County because they can buy the products in the more urban areas and they have the privacy of making the drugs in rural areas.

Full story, from WISTV

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