March 11, 2014
PORT REPUBLIC, Va. Drug investigators say the recent discovery of a suspected methamphetamine lab at a Port Republic home shows that a statewide database that tracks pseudoephedrine purchases is working.
Pseudoephedrine is found in nasal decongestants but also is used to make meth. Merchants are required to register sales of the drug in the database. Customers are limited to 9 grams a month or 3.6 grams a day.
State Police agent Mark Campbell tells the Daily News-Record (http://bit.ly/14eMclu) the system is helping. In the Port Republic investigation, information from the database showed that a woman tried to buy pseudoephedrine 66 times since January 2012 and was blocked 21 times. A search of a home she shared with another person turned up items used to make meth.
Campbell says indictments will be sought soon.