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New Anti-Smurfing technology in fight against meth

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Drug agents now use a database to monitor the sales of Sudafed and other similar drugs. Drug agents now use a database to monitor the sales of Sudafed and other similar drugs.
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

New anti-smurfing technology could take a bigger bite out of the meth business in the Shoals. Law enforcement is hooking up a way to crack down on the problem from inside drug stores.

The new technology allows drug agents to monitor the sales of Sudafed and other similar drugs used to make meth.

Law enforcement said the new laws regulating the sale of Sudafed through over the counter medicine has increased smurfing, that's when a person or group will travel from store to store to purchase the drugs until they get the necessary amount to cook meth.

Investigators are now using a database at the pharmacy that allows officers to track the trends of suspected, current and previous meth users.

Officials said if you are using the over-the-counter medicine for a legitimate sickness you don't have to worry about being followed or tracked by drug agents.

"We're interested in people using it illegally and the conduct involved in people who are misusing the product not people who are using it legally," said Will Powell, Lauderdale County Assistant D.A.

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