Tracking Down Meth Makers

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Tracking down meth makers.

Local responders train on a tracking system designed to find people buying pseudoephedrine for the wrong reasons.

It's called the National Precursor Log Exchange and its manufacturer says it has blocked more than 16,000 boxes of pseudoephedrine from being sold in West Virginia this year.

It was explained Thursday at a day-long seminar to local and state police and sheriff's deputies.

Parkersburg's police chief says it could be useful in helping track down suppliers, if not the actual users.

"It's not going to lead us to the meth cooks, but it may help us identify outlying conspirators to the methamphetamine manufacture," says Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin. "But so far, it hasn't led us to anybody who's cooking meth."

The president of the West Virginia Retailers Association says the system allows store clerks to determine immediately if the common cold medication is being purchased for illegal use.

Pseudoephedrine is a main ingredient in the manufacture of meth.

29 states are already using the NPLEx system.

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