Indiana Attorney General Kicking off Anti-Smurfing Campaign
Created by kblakeslee on 9/23/2013 1:03:27 PM


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): This afternoon, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller kicked off a statewide campaign targeting those who buy certain medicines for the purpose of making meth.

Zoeller was joined by State Senator Carlin Yoder, Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards and Grant Monahan, the president of the Indiana Retail Council Consumer Healthcare Products Association to announce the public awareness campaign.

The goal is to increase public awareness about the criminal enterprise known as “smurfing” — the practice of purchasing cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine to sell to methamphetamine makers.

“Law enforcement, prosecutors and our Legislature have all worked hard to crackdown on the use and manufacturing of methamphetamine, and the fact is, more must be done” Zoeller said.

“This public awareness campaign warns Hoosiers about that purchasing pseudoephedrine for the purposes of either making meth or selling it to a meth cook is a crime. This joint initiative shows that state leaders are willing to join forces with the manufacturers of over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines to remind all Hoosiers: if you’re purchasing these items for a meth cook, you are breaking the law and you will be arrested.”

The anti-smurfing campaign informs consumers through signs displayed at the point of sale that smurfing is a criminal offense.