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By CJ Cassidy

(Sikeston, MO)--There's a new twist on the war on meth. Anhydrous ammonia is one of the key ingredients in making meth. And one of the most common ways of getting it is by stealing it from farmers who use it for fertilizer.

Investigators say just when they almost had that problem under control they're now having to deal with new tactics by the meth makers.

Stan Woodfin is a retail distributor of anhydrous ammonia who says he is no stranger to the chemical being stolen by would be meth makers.

"We check our tanks every morning to see if they've been tampered with," he says.

But Woodfin hasn't had to deal with the problem lately.

Police say that's because farmers are taking extra steps to protect their anhydrous ammonia. What they're concerned with now is a whole different ballgame.

"The next logical step for them is to find another source for anhydrous ammonia. That's what a couple of individuals have done and it's starting to take hold throughout the state of Missouri," says Sgt. Kevin Glaser.

Methmakers use a crude set-up to make the anhydrous ammonia; and that is then used to make the drug.

Police say people should keep in mind anyone is susceptible to taking the drug and should report anything suspicious they note to the law enforcement agency closest to them.


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