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Another Missouri city considers meth ingredient ordinance

Poplar Bluff, MO - The Poplar Bluff City Council will consider an ordinance the police chief says will help fight the scourge of methamphetamine.

The City Council will consider adopting an ordinance requiring prescriptions to purchase cold and allergy medications containing pseudoephedrine, a meth ingredient. The council will take up the matter Dec. 21.

Police Chief Danny Whiteley said the ordinance is modeled after similar laws in the towns of Washington and Union, and one about to take effect in Jefferson County.

The Daily American Republic reported Tuesday that the Missouri Police Chiefs Association is preparing to endorse such a law. It's also supported by prosecutors in most Missouri counties.


Kentucky officers want restrictions on pseudoephedrine

KY - The Kentucky Narcotics Officers’ Association is pushing for state legislation that would require a doctor’s prescription for the purchase of pseudoephedrine.

The drug, found in some cold medicines, is also a key ingredient in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

The state already requires that over-the-counter purchases of medicines containing pseudoephedrine be limited and tracked electronically, but the police group says meth manufacturers are still finding ways to beat the system.

The request will be presented to the Kentucky General Assembly during its regular session in January.


DA lessens penalty for crack pipes

Harris County, TX - Starting next year, the Harris County District Attorney's Office no longer will file state jail felony charges against suspects found with only a trace — less than a hundredth of a gram — of illegal drugs, District Attorney Pat Lykos said Tuesday.

Instead, people found with crack pipes with nothing more than residue inside or other drug paraphernalia, would face a ticket for a class C misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine of $500.

Full story, The Houston Chronicle

Man sentenced in largest meth seizure in Kansas history

Kansas City, KS - A California man has been sentenced to nearly 34 years in prison for his part in the largest methamphetamine seizure in Kansas history.

U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch says 45-year-old Jose Lopez, Quente, Calif., was sentenced Wednesday to 33 years and nine months in prison.

Lopez pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped in Shawnee on Aug. 3, 2007. Investigators found 22 pounds of methamphetamine in the vehicle.

Investigators say Lopez supplied the drugs. Two other men were arrested.

Lopez has also been sentenced to 22½ years in prison on drug charges in Missouri.


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