Nine Arrested for Violation of Combat Meth Act

By fiveleggedrat · Sep 8, 2008 · Updated Sep 8, 2008 · ·
  1. fiveleggedrat
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]This is a first as far as I am aware. If this is redundant or posted, apologies.[/SIZE][/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]This is from the DEA website, under press releases. Not linking to a .gov site here.

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Nine Arrested for Violation of Combat Meth Act
    [/FONT][SIZE=-1] [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Charged with purchasing over the monthly limit of medications
    containing pseudoephedrine/ephedrine

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]AUG 27-- (SYRACUSE, NY) United States Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division John P. Gilbride and United States Attorney Glenn T. Suddaby announced today that arrests of nine individuals charged with crimes relating to purchasing in excess of the 9 gram monthly limit of medications containing pseudoehedrine and ephedrine as specified by the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 (CMEA).[/SIZE][/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge, John P. Gilbride stated, “Over the past ten years, methamphetamine abuse has spread like wildfire throughout the United States. Families and communities have witnessed the effects of meth abuse while law enforcement continues to work hard to combat meth production and distribution. Today’s arrests prove law enforcement’s commitment to enforcing the CMEA and our desire to decrease drug abuse throughout the country.”[/SIZE][/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]The CMEA became effective on April 8, 2006. The CMEA regulates, among other things, retail over-the-counter sales of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine products which are common ingredients found in cough, cold and allergy products. Retail provisions of the CMEA include daily sales limits and 30 day purchase limits, placement of product out of direct customer access, sales logbooks, customer ID verification, employee training and self-certification of regulated sellers. Congress enacted CMEA and the sale and purchase limitations expressly to curtail the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine since ephedrine based products are needed for the clandestine manufacture of methamphetamine. The sales and purchase restrictions were determined based on what was deemed to be reasonable non-prescription quantities that would be used for lawful purposes. Pseudoephedrine and ephedrine are the principal precursor chemicals used in the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine or amphetamine.[/SIZE][/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]In order to purchase products containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine an individual must show identification and sign a log book at pharmacies or other retail businesses. The Drug Enforcement Administration along with state and local law enforcement are responsible for monitoring these log books in order to identify if any one person is purchasing more than 9 grams within 30 days.[/SIZE][/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]United States Attorney Suddaby emphasized that addressing the problem of drug trafficking continues to be one of the top priorities of the Department of Justice. “Our efforts to reduce the demand for, and supply of, methamphetamine has special priority. The enactment of retail controls on the sale and purchase of key methamphetamine precursors such as pseudoephedrine and ephedrine should reduce the amount of products readily available that could be used to manufacture methamphetamine. The illicit manufacture of methamphetamine has been the subject of wide-scale national attention in recent years and has been particularly prominent in various areas of New York State.” [/SIZE][/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]Those persons charged by federal complaints with offenses related to the purchase of more than nine grams of pseudoephedrine or ephedrine within a 30 day periods are the following:[/SIZE][/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]WILLIAM R. CAHILL, age 34, of Cicero, New York;
    JONATHAN D. DECKER, age 34, of Remsen, New York;
    JEFFREY A. SULLIVAN, age 43, of Lowville, New York;
    JUDY DURANT, age 40, of Verona, New York;
    [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]WALTER DOUGLAS, age 32, of Rome, New York;
    [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]JESSICA SEIGLER, age 26, of Rome, New York;
    [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]MICHELLE WIGGINS, age 46, of Rome, New York;
    [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]ROBERT MURPHY, age 43, of Rome, New York; and
    [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]TODD J. FARNEY, age 36, of Lowville, New York.[/SIZE][/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]The investigation was conducted by the DEA’s Albany District Office, Albany Diversion Group, New York Field Division Intelligence Group and Syracuse Resident Office with assistance from the New York State Correction Inspector General’s Office; Rome Police Department; Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department; New York State Parole; New York State Police; Lewis County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Service. [/SIZE][/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John M. Katko. Further inquiries may be directed to him at 315-448-0672.[/SIZE][/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]The complaints are only accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

    As far as Swim is aware, this is the first charge of its type. Often people talk about the laws and how likely it is that they are enforced. This is proof that somewhere, someone is keeping an eye on things.

    Also, Swim loves how every now and then he can find a store that does not even restrict the sale of Ephedrine or Psuedoephedrine whatsoever, selling any amounts freely and without paperwork/ID. Last time Swim saw this: less than 6 months ago, in the state of Florida.

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  1. Beeker
    Mostly what they do now is just bust people for manufacture of a controlled substance. The crime holds far more time and they only need to find psuedo and chemicals. They give people 7 years for buying just the stuff to make meth. 17 for the guy making it. With the FBI and DEA they will have pictures and "debriefings" from people below the guy who made it. Then it all falls into an organized conspiracy which gives everyone who didn't rat out someone 10 years mandatory minimum up to life. Most people who make larger amounts of meth in the US end up with life. The risk is to great so it's almost always imported from Mexico now.

    Most people would rather cram 100 pounds of weed ($25 a pound) into hidden areas on a car then deal with 1 kilo of anything hard. 100 pounds is usually 10 months jail while 1 kilo of meth, cocaine, or heroin is closer to 10 years.

    They also don't call MDMA ecstasy - they call it 'Meth Mix.' MDMA will put you behind bars for awhile because people always get conspiracy when dealing with E. One raver gets caught with 8 pills, rats on friend with 20 who rats out girl with 80 and so on.

    Anyway, you'd be a fool to hustle drugs in America unless you just like prison.
  2. cra$h
    a 25$ pound? try *a lot more*$. But that does seem like that's where the trend is going. With weed laws laxing, and "harsher" drugs being put on the spot, it would make a lot more sense to a runner. But concealing a kilo of coke, smack, etc. would be a lot easier than 30lbs of weed. But what it really comes down to is how shady you are. If swim were in that situation, he'd get a friend to drive, unknowing of the quantity, and be sleeping in the back seat, so no suspicion could be exerted out the car.
  3. Pondlife
    Can we please avoid price discussion, thanks.
  4. cra$h
    my bad, I thought that error needed to be just a little more on target. Of course the prices I've posted are hypothetical, and don't represent any actual prices.
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