Undercover meth ingredient sting

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Updated: 11/09/2012 10:40 pm Published: 11/09/2012 10:38 pm

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s office is fighting meth before the ingredients are ever mixed.

The deputies along with the Cherokee Nation Marshals, Tahlequah Police, District 27 and District 13 of the Oklahoma Drug Task Force performed a Smurf Sting Friday.

For the operation the law enforcers keep track of Sudafed purchases at pharmacies and monitor how many people try to buy the drug illegally.

They kept an eye on purchases in Wal-Mart and Walgreens. Deputies say the number of shake-and-bake meth labs is still on the rise despite efforts to control access to the cold medicine used to make the drug.
Deputies say John Gawf tried to purchase Sudafed but had already reached the limit of boxes he could buy.

Three women with him bought it instead.  Authorities found the drugs in his car along with a syringe.

Authorities say a person can only buy 3.6 grams of the Sudafed in 24 hours, 7.2 grams in 30 days and 60 grams in a year. If a person is ever denied they would have to wait three days to purchase the cold medicine again.

Gawf was charged with violation of meth registry. The three women were charged with endeavoring.

"I think when people see us out here doing this, maybe it's going to be a deterrent," said Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault.

Deputies stopped another man trying to Wal-Mart after noticing he noticed the operation.
Authorities found Marijuana, a pipe for it and a meth pipe in the vehicle. They arrested Calvin Riggs on warrants for failing to pay child support and possession of meth. He faces additional charges.

"Any crime that we investigate or take a report on, we can link back to the meth problem," said Chennault.

By the end of the day, two people were taken to jail, three others, were cited.
Deputies say the big picture: they slowed down meth, even if just for a day.

Deputies tell us these suppliers for meth cooks can make anywhere from $30 to $100 after making a run to a pharmacy to get pseudoephedrine.

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aleman - 11/28/2012 6:57 PM
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When they first start using meth they should blow their selfish,self centered brains out to prevent years and years of suffering by family members and billions of dollars in cost to the taxpayer

CoolTex - 11/27/2012 8:25 AM
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I think this is a medical problem and is much worse with all of this homemade meth like crap being sold to addicts. Who knows what the heck is in that crap!I think this war on drugs needs to take another turn and move towards letting doctors and clinics handling the problem.Addicts should be able to go to an addiction clinic and get a dose of real pharmaceutical drugs a couple times a day. In Holland, heroin addicts stop by the clinic on their way to WORK! and smoke a ciggarette dosed by the doctors with heroin in the morning and then stop back by after WORK! and smoke another one. They are productive members of society there and although there are a few outcasts that still shoot up in back alleys, the problems is still mostly dealt with. Meth is available in pill form and could be dosed out to addicts for a few cents a day instead of spending millions a day on cops, jails, and the whole support system...and the legit meth is much better in effect and purity than this street crap. The street crap would become worthless in the first day and those making it would likely stop all production of it also...of course there will be a few outcasts using it on the sly. Addicts could be tested for STDs including AIDS and infections and be treated for them.I hope that some day Jesus finally gets through to the religious haters lusting to see less fortunate people abused, raped in jail, hung, sneering and glared at, backbitten, cheated, robbed, and all the other abuses done to then by mean people thinking they are being holy - they are not. Their god has horns! Jesus walked among these sick and damaged people and healed them. The state is just jailing them to make money. It may help sometimes but most of the time it does nothing for them.I would rather pay healthcare workers than police workers .

jkingqm - 11/13/2012 6:23 PM
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"Deputies stopped another man trying to Wal-Mart..." Huh?

aleman - 11/13/2012 2:26 PM
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Don't say anything bad about meth some people get"cranky"

Mayor Maynot - 11/13/2012 12:46 PM
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Hmm must have been an awful emergency to make you go to the pharmacy at 2:00am #8•] whatever it was I hope it's not contagious. Looks like it has effected your brain misleading you into the perils of the wee hours.

Gladys Crump - 11/12/2012 12:23 AM
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Yep I see the same stuff aleman,go to Walgreens on Friday or Saturday night from 9pm to 2 am and look at the lines and the people who are standing in them.... when they passed this law they knew it wouldn't make a dent, that is why they passed it instead of the one that would have made a difference...if they ever get serious about stopping it they will pass an effective law, but I won't hold my breath for that one.

aleman - 11/10/2012 7:17 AM
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Every time I go to a pharmacy there is someone buying sudafed and they ain't got no runny noses either,the other day I was behind a couple who were obviously hopped up on this crap...the man had one black tooth and was trying to chew his left ear off with it,the girl was all tweaky scratching at the sores she had all over her arms and they sold it to them anyway ,at what point do they refuse them when it is obvious?

Ms Edwards - 11/9/2012 11:52 PM
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this is the crap we have to deal with down here omg freaking crackheads everywhere
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