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Friday, June 03, 2005
Catching Meth Makers Pink-Handed
ATLANTA — Forty-nine people and sixteen corporations were charged in indictments unsealed today with supplying ingredients for making methamphetamine .
The investigation began in early 2004 and focused on convenience stores in six north Georgia counties.
Investigators say they had informants go into each of the stores and buy ingredients used to make methamphetamine. The informants allegedly told the store clerks or store owners that they wanted to use the products to make the drug.
The ingredients sold included pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, camping fuel, antifreeze and matchbooks.
The government has declared that due to the increase of methamphetamine manufacturing in eastern Tennessee, northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama, a "gray market" has emerged. If locking up low-paid store clerks & owners of establishments from the purchase of legitimate products is what agents are resorting to these days in this war on drugs, it has indeed become an abuse problem itself.
[edit on 3-6-2005 by Vajrayana]