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Pittsburg weighs limit on key meth ingredient

Associated Press - June 28, 2014 3:41 pm

Prosecutors are seeking forfeiture of money and property linked to the crimes.

Pittsburg weighs limit on key meth ingredient

Officials in Pittsburg are weighing whether to join other southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri communities in requiring prescriptions for a key ingredient in methamphetamine.

The Morning Sun reports Pittsburg Police Chief Mendy Hulvey is pushing an ordinance that would make a decongestant called pseudoephedrine available only by prescription.

Hulvey told city commissioners at a recent study session that Pittsburg is an “island” amid communities that allow over-the-counter sales of the popular cold and allergy medicine.

Those that have already adopted prescription-only ordinances include Joplin, Springfield and Branson, Missouri; and Chanute, Girard, Arma, Iola, Baxter Springs and Fort Scott plus Cherokee County in Kansas.

Hulvey says she’s not interested in pursuing low-level meth makers, but mid-level producers who obtain large quantities of pseudoephedrine, often with straw buyers commonly called “smurfs.”

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