10 arrested in Wayne County meth crackdown
Posted November 10, 2011
Goldsboro, N.C. — 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.