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10 arrested in Wayne County meth crackdown

Posted November 10, 2011

— Wayne County deputies have arrested 10 people and are looking for at least 30 more in a local crackdown on meth production, authorities said Thursday.

The arrests were part of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office "Operation Pop-a-Smurf 2" to catch people purchasing pseudoephedrine, which is the main ingredient used to make methamphetamine.

"Smurfing" is a term to describe someone who buys pseudoephedrine products and sells them to meth cooks.

In one case, authorities found a meth lab in the home of one suspect.

Since 2005, state law requires that products containing pseudoephedrine be kept behind pharmacy counters and places a limit on the amount that can be purchased at one time. It also requires consumers to provide photo identification and sign a logbook when purchasing it.


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  • ufcx3 Nov 11, 2011

    good. keep these people off the streets!

  • wralfan Nov 11, 2011

    "Pop-a-Smurf?" Really?! Someone should sue.

  • ncnc85 Nov 11, 2011

    You all are complaining about the cost to the state??? When most of these people are getting arrested because the police are using snitches, that they'll let back on the street, to commit more crimes. GPD is a joke.

  • Chairman of the Bored Nov 11, 2011

    ...there is a cost when people refuse to take care of themselves.

    That's the truth, it's a shame more people don't realize that - cause the fatties and the smokers are costing the rest of us way more than these crackheads.

  • chattycat Nov 11, 2011

    @dcatz: There is a whole lot more to this that what a person does to their own body. Meth labs are highly volatile and the explosions could kill innocent people, the addicts will do anything, including committing a crime, to support their habit.... should I go on.

  • common tater Nov 11, 2011

    Rlee has it right. Was unfortunate to be sitting in a courtroom yesterday (no, not drug related, and I was not a defendant). It's a big revolving door, seldom any real punishment.

    dcatz sounds like he's waiting on his next fix.

  • batcave Nov 11, 2011

    Addicts end up on welfare, so yes it does cost taxpayers money, not to mention county funded drug rehab, there is a cost when people refuse to take care of themselves.

  • BrightLight Nov 10, 2011

    Hopefully, none of the alleged perpetrators smoke, otherwise, their picture might end up on a pack of cigarettes!

  • happybeachcamper Nov 10, 2011

    This is so sad and I am praying for the families of all these who have been arrested. I am glad these folks are off the streets, but please everyone, remember their families in your prayers because unless you have been in their situation, you can't imagine what they are going thru.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 10, 2011

    I know this is a new brief, but a few names of the 10 arrested could been added.