Criminal Justice

Law In Effect for New Meth Restrictions

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August 15, 2013 — Indiana State Police say a drug law change is in effect, especially affecting people who’ve been convicted related to illegal methamphetamine.

ISP’s Methamphetamine Suppression Section wants Hoosiers to know that the new Indiana law says that a person convicted of engaging in activities related to the illegal manufacture and use of methamphetamine is prohibited from possessing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine within seven years of the person’s sentence. They can obtain ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine if dispensed under a prescription.

Otherwise, ISP says possession can lead to an arrest, though “For most law abiding citizens the law will have little if any effect on their day to day lives.”

Indiana State Police share the following parameters of the new state law changes as of July 1, 2013:

“Indiana law regarding the Sale and Control of Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine:
QUANTITY LIMITS
A person may not purchase and a pharmacy may not sell to one individual: more than
(1) 3.6 grams of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, or both, on one day;
(2) 7.2 grams of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, or both, in a 30 day period; or,
(3) 61.2 grams of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, or both, in a 365 day period.
(I.C 35-48-4-14.7(d) and (e))

POSSESSION BY A METH OFFENDER
Prohibits a person convicted of one or any of the following charges:
(1) Dealing in methamphetamine,
(2) Possession of more than ten grams of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine,
(3) Possession of anhydrous ammonia or ammonia solution with intent to manufacture methamphetamine,
(4) Possession of two or more chemical reagents or precursors with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance, (5) Unlawful sale of a precursor; from possessing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine within seven years of the person’s sentence, unless dispensed under a prescription.
(I.C.35-48-4-14.5(h))

UNLAWFUL SALE OF A PRECURSOR
It is illegal for a person to sell, transfer, distribute, or furnish a chemical reagent or precursor to another person with knowledge or the intent that the recipient will use the chemical reagent or precursors to manufacture a controlled substance.
(I.C. 35-48-4-14.5(g))”

ISP asks people to call local law enforcement agencies with any information related to possession, distribution, or manufacturing of methamphetamine, or it can take the information anonymously at the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756.

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