Meth Cooks Targeting Teen Girls

Lt. Robert Laird, Potter County Sheriff's Office
Lt. Robert Laird, Potter County Sheriff's Office

Your teenage daughter could be recruited by meth cooks to make Sudafed rounds at area pharmacies.

When Sudafed was forced behind the pharmacy counter a few years ago, authorities say they saw a significant drop in meth labs.

But after two years of no lab busts, the Potter County Sheriff's Office busted eight last year.

Meth labs are once again popping up in the Panhandle region, and meth cooks are enlisting new recruits to get the key component: Sudafed.

Lieutenant Robert Laird of the Potter County Sheriff's Office says, "they're recruiting younger females, 16-21, to do the pill runs for them."

The reason: young girls are not your everyday meth cooks, and are not suspected by pharmacists.

Laird says cooks approach the girls in social settings, saying "they were at a party or club and talked into trying meth and ever since they tried it they're hooked."

Hooked and now bouncing from store to store stocking up on Sudafed.

But since the sheriff's office made local pharmacies aware of the trend, they have a computer ID system that tracks Sudafed buyers.

Dick Storseth at the Market Street United Pharmacy says, "it checks to see if that patient bought any at another store and if they did we know immediately and refuse to sell the product."

Another pharmacy stopped selling it all together.  Melissa Smalley at Martin-Tipton Pharmacy says, "young people, people that would not normally be in this area so that alerted us to what was going on."

Smalley says she decided to stop selling the drug in the fall.

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