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Meth Production Up in Macon County

Updated: Monday, February 17 2014, 01:19 PM CST

Thursday, we told you about two Macon County residents jailed for making meth. Their arrests came after a small explosion that severely burned a child.

We spoke with Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott. He tells us meth production is far below what it was just a few years ago.

The owner of Dale's Southlake pharmacy credits that drop to aggressive prosecution and new laws limiting the purchase of Sudafed and similar products.

"You have to have a state ID, or a valid driver's license," said owner Dale Colee. "And you have to sign for it. That's the two requirements for the state. We can sell no more than 3.6 grams to any one in person in any one 24-hour period, and no more than 9 grams in a 30-day period."

Colee supports the restrictions, but said it's limited access for many law-abiding citizens.

"It works very, very well for some people," said Colee. "Used to, you'd have people come here and they'd get Sudafed any time they had congestion. That type of situation, that's literally gone away, because people feel like they're almost criminals when they come in."

One of his pharmacists, Ron Stephens, voted many of the restrictions in back in his previous career as a state representative.

"There's no doubt that it's worked," said Stephens. "Every sheriff that I've talked to has said that the production is way down, but it's not non-existent."

Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott has been prosecuting drug cases for 25 years.

"We're nowhere near where we were, 10, 15 years ago with methamphetamine," Scott said.

But that doesn't mean meth numbers are moving in the right direction.

"Now we're seeing easier cooking methods," said Scott. "We've got the one pot method where they can--they don't have to have the big laboratories like they used to have. And it's simpler to make, and I think that's why we're seeing more of it."

Scott said meth has been historically worse in more rural counties. He said the new small batch methods are bringing it into cities, but his attack plan is much the same.

"We try to get help for the drug users, get them help for the problem, get them treatment," said Scott. "But we've got a lot of people out there that profit off other people's misery, and we go after them as hard as we possibly can."

Wherever people purchase Sudafed-type products, it all goes into the same state database. That way, law enforcement can see if one person is purchasing large quantities of the ingredients from multiple stores.

Meth Production Up in Macon County

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