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15 People Arrested For Purchase Of Meth Making Ingredients

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A five-month investigation conducted by the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation into the unlawful purchase of precursors used in the production of methamphetamine has resulted in the arrest of 15 individuals.
 
The investigation centered on the purchase of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, the active ingredient found in Claritin, Sudafed, and similar products.  The purchase of these products is strictly regulated by federal guidelines by both amount and frequency.  Federal law limits the purchase of products containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine to no more than 3.6 grams per day, and no more than 9 grams in a 30-day period. 

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 The investigation identified the following individuals who actively purchased and attempted to purchase these precursors from several regional pharmacies, then either used the product to manufacture methamphetamine, or traded the product to known methamphetamine “cooks”, a practice referred to as “smurfing”. 
 
The below defendants were charged with Falsifying Business Records, 1st degree, a class “E” felony.  The defendants, while purchasing products, caused false entries to be made in the respective pharmacy records, and falsely attested that they have not exceeded the federal purchasing guidelines. 
 
Michelle L. Croft; age 35, Lindley, NY
Daniel R. Gillespie; age 40, Jasper, NY
John L. Landsborough; age 51, Bath, NY
William S. Landsborough; age 33, Bath, NY
Joyce A. Lafave; age 50, Bath, NY
Jeremy I. Comfort; age 31, Corning, NY
Melissa J. Sherman; age 37, Lindley, NY
Megan M. Preston; age 25, Painted Post, NY
Kerstyn M. Buck; age 20, Tioga, PA
Kristina L. Jolley; age 48, Painted Post, NY
Patrick M. Rafferty; age 26, Addison, NY
William J. Trenchard; age 37, Bath, NY
Chastity A. Stark; age 42, Bath, NY
Jessica A. Austin; age 34, Bath, NY
 
Charged with Criminal Possession of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Materials, 2nd degree
Cody R. Shoemaker; age 29, Corning, NY
 
Each defendant was arraigned in local criminal court, pending Steuben County Grand Jury action.

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