Anti-Smurfing Campaign To Be Unveiled in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Like the scourge it’s trying to fight, an effort to stop a key part of meth-manufacturing is making its way across Missouri, and will be unveiled in St. Louis Thursday this morning.

It’s a public awareness campaign aimed at the practice of “smurfing,” and involves people buying cold and allergy medicines containing the pseudoephedrine and selling them to meth makers.

Missouri Retailers Association President David Overfelt tells KMOX the campaign is designed to enlist the public in the fight.

“This isn’t just about getting businesses and law enforcement together,” said Overfelt. “This is also about getting the consumers aware of the issue, so they also know what to keep an eye out for.”

Overfelt says the campaign will also let people know that if they do buy medicine for someone who makes it into meth, that could land them behind bars for 20 years.

“A lot of the general public doesn’t understand what these type of people do to circumvent our current statute and laws.”

The campaign started in Kansas City last month.

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