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April 1, 2014

Slowing meth cooks

NORMAN — When Oklahoma cracked down on the sale of cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, meth dealers simply went across state lines to purchase larger quantities.

Purchasers must sign a form and show identification before purchasing the popular cold medicines. But if they went across state lines, no one was tracking the purchases.

Lawmakers then got wise to the drill and linked Oklahoma’s pseudoephedrine database with that of other states. It’s cutting down on the number of meth labs busted.

Authorities tell the Associated Press that 410 labs were shut down in 2013, compared to 830 shut down a year earlier. They believed that between 70,000 to 90,000 sales were stopped.

That doesn’t mean that all were intent on the manufacture of methamphetamines, but some were likely headed that way.

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