One Indiana grandmother found out the hard way that you have to be very careful when you buy cold medicine.
Believe it or not, Sally Harpold was arrested, fingerprinted, and had her mug shot taken after she bought some everyday, over-the-counter cold medications.
Her mug shot ended up on the front page of her local paper.
"All my friends and family are seeing me being labeled like this. It's not a fun thing. It's hard to take," she says.
Sally's troubles started when she and her husband Ted both came down with a cold. She bought a pack of Mucinex D at a pharmacy near her home outside Indianapolis, a process that required her to show ID.
Three days later, when her daughter caught a cold, she bought some Zyrtec-D at another local pharmacy, again with ID required.
But Sally had unwittingly broken one of the state's anti-drug-dealing laws. The problem is that the medications she bought contain pseudoephedrine, a substance that can be used by drug dealers to make methamphetamine.
In Indiana, the law is that you can only buy a certain amount of pseudoephedrine in a seven-day period. When Sally bought the second package of medication it put her over the legal limit.
Prosecutor Nina Alexander says she's received abusive e-mails and messages in response to Sally's bust. But she has no regrets about the prosecution.
"This is a woman who violated the law," she says. "The fact that she was ignorant of the law is an explanation for why she did what she did, but I don't consider that a defense. I don't know any prosecutor who would."
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