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Drug Unit Commander supports "meth lab" bill

April 11, 2003

Albany -- The Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Commander is backing a proposed new bill to fight "meth labs." The bill would make it a felony to possess some of the common, legal items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

One is ephedrine, a common decongestant sold in any drug store. But it is also one of the key ingredients used to make methamphetamine. Senate Bill 205 would make it a felony to have over 300 tablets.

The same with anhydrous ammonia, a common fertilizer on farms. But stealing it or transporting it would be a felony. Police hope that will help them target criminals who build meth labs.

Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Commander Bill Berry said "It's a growing trend, because people are starting to learn that stuff like this, simply over the counter, 7 or 8 bucks, and they can start to process. So that is what this bill will help us with, starting going after that."

Governor Perdue introduced the legislation. Senate bill 205 was passed unanimously by both the House Judiciary Committee and the state Senate.

posted at 4:23PM by jimw@walb.com

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