Tuscaloosa Co. announces ‘anti-smurfing’ campaign

(CBS42)
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[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1375154800&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4177213&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1375154800 type=script]TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT)- Meth is a problem all across the state of Alabama. The Zero Meth campaign is aiming to end that, and Monday the Tuscaloosa District Attorney’s office took another step. Along with local pharmacies, D.A. Tommy Smith announced an anti-smurfing initiative.

According to Smith, ‘smurfing’ is when a meth-manufacturer uses middlemen, or ‘mules’, to buy sudafedrin, a critical ingredient in the production process. “The bottom line is, you have to have sudafedrin in order to make it,” said Smith. “This is designed to go after that key ingredient.”

‘Smurfing’ is a felony crime.

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