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Missouri cracks down on Smurfing

Apr 19, 2013 -- 8:00pm


Attorney General Chris Koster says Missouri is expanding its statewide anti-smurfing campaign. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association started the campaign and it is aimed at raising public awareness of "smurfing," an illegal practice in which individuals buy cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine to sell to methamphetamine cooks. State law limits the amount of pseudoephedrine a person can purchase in a given period of time. The campaign was developed by the a national association representing the makers of over-the-counter medications, and is carried out by Missouri retailers on a voluntary basis. Buying pseudoephedrine for a methamphetamine manufacturer is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.


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