Cape Girardeau becoming meth destination

Friday, June 4, 2010 | 3:32 p.m. CDT; updated 3:38 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 4, 2010

CAPE GIRARDEAU — Many towns in southeast Missouri have strengthened anti-methamphetamine laws by requiring a prescription to buy a key ingredient — medicines containing pseudoephedrine.

But without an ordinance of its own, the Southeast Missourian reports that Cape Girardeau is becoming a top destination for meth manufacturers for the purchase of pseudoephedrine.

The Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force recently conducted a sting operation and found that people once buying Sudafed and Claritin-D in Sikeston, Dexter, Kennett and Poplar Bluff now target Cape Girardeau.

Cape Girardeau City Council members have considered a pseudoephedrine ordinance, but decided it would be more effective if the Missouri legislature passed its own bill.



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