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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:16 PM
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Suspicious Cold Medicine Purchases Lead to Arrests
Suspicious Cold Medicine Purchases Lead to Arrests

STOCKTON, CA - A regional drug task force was busy Friday afternoon in Stockton arresting a half dozen people for what police call "smurfing."

The term describes customers buying up as much ephedrine as possible, visiting dozens of pharmacies in a single day.

Ephedrine is a key ingredient in cold medications that is also used in the production of methamphetamine. That's why there are legal limits on how much can be legally purchased.

The people arrested Friday are accused of using fake identifications to buy up far more of the drug than allowed.

Police began investigating the Stockton individuals a few weeks ago after getting a tip from a pharmacist. Members of the Amador County Combined Narcotic Enforcement Team watched as the individuals moved from one pharmacy to another purchasing the medication.

http://www.news10.net/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=537...
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Cheap_Trick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:27 PM
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1. Sarah Palin's future in-laws must be widespread......
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:30 PM
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2. Big Pharma is at fault
they KNOW how much of their drugs are used in meth making. But do they willingly forgo sales to help out the authorities? of course not.
They could try to formulate a substance that would work as well as ephedrine, but chemically could not be used for manufacture.

but no. the profits are too big.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:34 PM
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4. The FDA could withdraw them from the market
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:37 PM
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5. and how compromised is the FDA after 8 years of Bush politics? n/t
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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:34 PM
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3. I hate these kinds of people
The reformulated (buy without the 2nd degree at the pharmacy) versions dont work half as well.

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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:14 PM
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7. The alternatives don't work for me, at all.
I tried to avoid buying sudafed for a while, but my sinuses wouldn't cooperate. C'est la guerre.
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:04 PM
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6. Meht took off when cocaine started getting hard to get.
Prohibition has never workd. If you don't want people cooking meth, legalize or decriminalize the les harmful drugs.
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