Criminal Code Overhaul Could Aid Meth Producers

Rick Wallace

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A proposed criminal code overhaul bill in Missouri has errors in its writing that may have devastating effects on the citizens its meant to protect.

That’s the belief of Jason Grellner, a Franklin County detective and past president of the Missouri Narcotics Officers Association.

He’s concerned with the bill because it contains flawed wording, and many oversights that appear to decriminalize the purchase of large amounts of pseudoephedrine. He thinks this gives an advantage to meth makers.

“There is nothing in the wording whatsoever that has to do with the purchase, or obtaining, or acquiring of pseudoephedrine within those 30 day limits,” he says.

Grellner says the bill focuses on punishing the pharmacist, but not the guy buying the pseudoephedrine for making meth.

“And under this new legislation, it will be hard to have any sort of a penalty against that person,” he says.

Grellner thinks because the scope of the bill is so largeit is close to 700 pagesunintended mistakes were made.

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