Instant Cold Packs Used In Meth


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Updated: 2/24/2009 11:33 pm Published: 2/24/2009 10:34 pm


Meth makers are getting dangerously creative in Green Country.

On Tuesday, the Tulsa County Drug Task Force made another meth bust in East Tulsa at the Bristol Park Apartments in the 4400 Block of S. Garnett Road.

A couple was arrested for what the task force calls smurfing cold pills.

42-year-old Rick Hulvey and 35-year-old Amy Hulvey are accused of going from store-to-store and buying the main ingredient, psuedoephedrine pills, to make methamphetamine.

The Tulsa County Drug Task Force says they were caught on the state’s database that tracks people who buy pseudoephedrine pills.

Fox 23’s Abbie Alford spoke with the task force to find out another product “cooks” are getting their hands on that’s not easily tracked.

The days of cooking a huge batch of meth are gone. Instead, in less than an hour all meth “cooks” need are a few store bought products such as a coke bottle, chemicals used to clean an engine and pseudoephedrine pills.

"It's so fast and a lot less chemical odor,” says Sgt. Bob Darby.

Also included in the smaller meth recipes known as “shake-and-bake” are the ingredients inside an instant cold pack.

"Unbelievable. Unbelievable," says Pharmacist Steve Cole.

Cole says he got tired of policing pseudoephedrine pills in his store so he stopped selling any medicine that contains the drug.

Cole says now he’ll have to police who’s buying instant cold packs.

"Since you [Fox 23 News] brought that to my attention we are going to have to be a little more careful about what we put out on the shelves. If we have to we are going to have to put those behind the counter and control them," says Cole.

The Tulsa County Drug Task Force recommends stores keep a closer eye on First Aid kits too.

That’s where Fox 23 found an instant cold pack.


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Unwashed Mass - 2/26/2009 11:43 AM
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OKACO write: "The law DID have the effect of lowering meth-lab busts for a short time" ...only because the task force throttled their raids to make it look that way. It caught up rather quickly once the propaganda value was used up. Remember these elite cops are good at playing the media like a fiddle.

OKACO - 2/25/2009 5:39 PM
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The pharmacist that denied your purchase was incorrect and was misinterpreting the law. The law DID have the effect of lowering meth-lab busts for a short time, but they soon enough figured out how to get around it. This story is unnecessary; they MUST have pseudoephedrine to make meth, no matter what recipe they use. You don't see STP Gas Treatment or lithium batteries behind the counter with restrictions on their purchase; they're not going to do it with cold packs.

Unwashed Mass - 2/25/2009 10:26 AM
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"was told that I couldnt because I only have a state ID (cause I dont drive)!!! Tell me what being conjested has to do with whether you drive? Both are issued at the dmv, both by the state, AND must show same identification to get either. Ridiculous!" ...... That sounds like the merchand just arbitrarily decided to do that on his own, like the guy in this story that decided on his own to require ID to buy cold packs, even though there is no law supporting that. Inconsistent enforcement of a law who's effectiveness is questionable -- maybe you could talk fox23 into doing a follow-up from that angle.

54321 - 2/25/2009 1:38 AM
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amen Unwashed. I recently needed something that would actually work to clear me up but when I went to buy some, was told that I couldnt because I only have a state ID (cause I dont drive)!!! Tell me what being conjested has to do with whether you drive? Both are issued at the dmv, both by the state, AND must show same identification to get either. Ridiculous!

Unwashed Mass - 2/24/2009 11:07 PM
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"Shake-and-Bake" meth has been around for decades, it's just "new" to cops that either dont do their research or thought they could keep it a secret. You cant make every possible ingredient illegal, and making cold medicine harder to buy hasnt changed anything but inconvenience honest people.
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