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Alleged Drug Ring Using OTC Cold Meds

by: Kristen Guilfoos

Amarillo, Texas - After more than a year-long investigation, the Department of Public Safety, along with several other agencies, makes nearly a dozen arrests in connection with a drug ring in Pampa.

NewsChannel 10's Kristen Guilfoos has more on their alleged plans to make meth. There's eleven people in all... they were taken into custody in Pampa on warrants out of Randall County. 

Several of them are behind bars in Randall County, a few of them are in Gray County and some have already bonded out.

Their official charge is the possession and transportation of a chemical with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance.

The group allegedly went to pharmacies all over the Amarillo area, buying cold medicine, which contains pseudoephedrine, one of the key ingredients in meth.

Pharmacies work closely with law enforcement to track every cold medicine purchase. Lesley Brown with Target Pharmacy says, "they will sometimes bring over a list for us and they have to sign for that. But we do keep electronic records, so we're able to go back and pull driver's licenses or by name the purchases that we have sold to the specific people that they're looking for." 

There is a daily limit as to how much psuedoephedrine one person can buy... It's 3.6 grams. That's roughly one box of about 20 capsules.

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