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New methamphetamine law takes aim at precursor sales and repeat offenders

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The Indiana State Police’s Methamphetamine Suppression Section want Hoosiers to be aware of changes to the Indiana Code on methamphetamine.

“For most law abiding citizens the law will have little if any effect on their day to day lives,” the ISP said.

“For people who have been convicted of engaging in activities related to the illegal manufacturing and use of methamphetamine, the changes to the law can lead to their arrest if violated.”

In particular, IC 35-48-4-14.5(h) states, in part, that a person convicted of any one of several specified offenses is prohibited from possessing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine within seven years of the person's sentence. That person may obtain ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine if dispensed under a prescription, however.

Other provisions: a person may not buy and a pharmacy may not sell more than 3.6 grams of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine or both, on one day; 7.2 grams in a 30-day period; or 61.2 grams in a 365-day period.

It is also now illegal for a person to sell, transfer, distribute, or furnish a chemical reagent or precursor to another person with knowledge or the intent that the recipient will use the chemical reagent or precursors to manufacture a controlled substance.

Citizens are encouraged to call their local law enforcement agencies with any information about the possession, distribution, or manufacturing of methamphetamine. Information can also be reported anonymously by calling the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Tip Line at (800) 453-4756.




Posted 8/16/2013