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AG Fights Meth ‘Smurfing’

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October 10, 2013 — State and local elected officials joined forces to put an end to individuals who abuse prescription drugs.

It’s called “smurfing,” which is the practice of purchasing cold and allergy medicines that contain pseudoephedrine to sell to methamphetamine cooks.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller held a press conference this afternoon at Fagen Pharmacy in downtown Gary.  He sent a warning to people participating in the process of making meth.

He was joined by Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson.  Zoeller said smurfing is fueling Indiana’s meth problem.

“They manufacture it themselves.  They give people 50 dollars to go buy as much pseudophedrine as they can.  I was down in Bloomington where they’re talking college students into doing this,” said Attorney General Zoeller.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association and the Indiana Retail Council joined in on  the public-private anti-smurfing partnership.

“To add that felony conviction to smurfers we think is important.  We supported that legislation and we’re pleased to see it in place,” said Grant Monahan, President.

Prosecutor Cater adds that meth is not as widespread as crack or heroin in Lake County, but is still an important issue.

By: Renetta DuBose

 

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