By Holly Brantley - email
SCOTT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) – Judges in some southeast Missouri counties agree to new conditions of probation for individuals who have pleaded guilty to methamphetamine related charges.
Scott County's Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd and Mississippi County Prosecuting Attorney Darren Cann and all the judges of the 33rd Circuit are the first to enact the proposal.
On every pending new case and some pending cases, courts have agreed to make it a condition of a person's probation that to not keep or buy substances containing ephedrine, or pseudoephedrine.
The idea is the brain child of Sgt. Kevin Glaser with the SEMO Drug task force.
"We've got to take those baby steps to make a difference," said Sgt. Glaser. "The labs are our biggest problem so we have to take meth making ingredients out of the hands of the cooks."
Sgt. Glaser took the idea to prosecutors and judges of southeast Missouri with a letter and met with them personally. He hopes all of them will enact the new rules.
"Sometimes they don't wait until they get home to cook," said Boyd. "It's like having a bomb in the car. We want to get that off the streets. You don't want that pulling up next to you at a stop light."
Pharmacy logs and eventually a state wide database will help enforce the law.
Sgt. Glaser also points out there are 75 other medications or products on the market for individuals on probation to use for cold and sinus issues.