Meth Tracking Laws Backfire

January 10th, 2011

Tracking systems designed to curb the flow of meth on the streets seems to have severely backfired, according to a report by the Associated Press.  The system tracked the sales of pseudoephedrine, a cold medicine used to make meth.  The idea was that limiting the amount of the drug sold over the counter would help combat the production of meth, however meth has hardly left the streets.

Due to this new system, a new sort of black market trade has sprung up.  “It’s almost like a sub-criminal culture,” said Gary Boggs, an agent at the DEA. “You’ll see them with a GPS unit set up in a van with a list of every single pharmacy or retail outlet. They’ll spend the entire week going store to store and buy to the limit.”

They are called “pill brokers”, and they make huge profits by buying boxes of pills for around $7 which they can sell to meth dealers at upwards of $50.  Interestingly, these pill brokers come from diverse walks of life, from homeless to college kids.

Because of the new tracking system, the meth trade has become not only more profitable, but more available for others looking to get a piece of the pie.  “Where else can you make a 750 percent profit in 45 minutes?” muses Jason Grellner, a detective from Franklin County, MO.

Cody Barrus
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