Men arrested for buying too much Pseudoephedrine - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Men arrested for buying too much Pseudoephedrine

Stuart Nelson. Photo Source: Nacogdoches Co Sheriff's Office Stuart Nelson. Photo Source: Nacogdoches Co Sheriff's Office
Steven Nelson. Photo Source: Nacogdoches Co Sheriff's Office Steven Nelson. Photo Source: Nacogdoches Co Sheriff's Office

By Holley Nees - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Some quick thinking pharmacists helped police stop purchases of the drug Pseudoephedrine from getting to the streets in the form of what they believe might have been Meth.

The amount of Pseudoephedrine you can buy is controlled by federal law.

Nacogdoches Police officers received a call from a local pharmacy about two suspects buying the maximum amount of Pseudoephedrine.  Police said, before long, other stores and pharmacies began calling on the same suspects. 

Police found the men at Brookshire Brothers on South Street and determined that the men had been to five other locations in Nacogdoches.

"If we notice something, we call and like yesterday's incident, they call us," said Sara Jones, a certified pharmacy technician.

Steven Nelson and Stewart Parramore Nelson were arrested.  Pseudoephedrine is the active ingredient in over-the-counter medicines which are used by people who have difficulty breathing due to allergies.  

"The only way really to combat local meth production, of course arrest them, is if you can shut off the supply of Pseudoephedrine or Ephedrine," said Angelina County Sheriff's Sgt. Allen Hill as he looked over the month's logs from local pharmacies.

Legally, stores are required to record the information.  It's a paper trail of who's buying Sudafed and how much.

"They'll go from one store to the next, two or three people in a car, one will go in and get it, another one will go in and they'll get three or four boxes here, three or four boxes at this store, and they'll make runs to Houston and they'll come back with just loads of Ephedrine," Hill explained.

Federal law limits customers to two 96-count boxes of Ephedrine each month.  Hill said with no central database, it's tough to track exactly how much is getting in the wrong hands, but that's where the pharmacists come in.

"The pharmacists are really a great help," said Hill.  "They try, they see this and they'll call us."

"We notice when people come up and they ask for the biggest box of the product and usually they skip to brand names first," said Jones.

It's an ongoing battle, but Hill said it is improving with a partnership from behind the counter.

"If we let it go, it will take over, so we have to fight it, but you're not going to stop it," he said.

The downside to the restrictions on Sudafed is it makes it tougher for customers that are legitimately sick to get the medicine they need.

Pseudoephedrine is also used illegally as a component of methamphetamine (Meth).  To help fight the war on illegal drugs, Congress passed the "Combat Meth Act" in 2006, placing restrictive and potentially confusing limitations on how much pseudoephedrine a person can legally buy within given time periods.

©2010 KTRE. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Missing Kilgore man found safe 1,000 yards from home

    Missing Kilgore man found safe 1,000 yards from home

    Friday, September 22 2017 11:03 AM EDT2017-09-22 15:03:58 GMT

    A Kilgore man, affectionately known to the community as "Bubba T," has been found safe after a daylong search. Rusk County Sheriff's Office PIO Sgt. David Roberts confirmed Friday morning that Chris "Bubba T" Terry had been found within a thousand yards of his home. Groups had begun searching for him after the 54-year old autistic man went missing Wednesday night. Terry is known as the Kilgore Bulldogs biggest fan. Around 9 p.m. Wednesday...

    More >>

    A Kilgore man, affectionately known to the community as "Bubba T," has been found safe after a daylong search. Rusk County Sheriff's Office PIO Sgt. David Roberts confirmed Friday morning that Chris "Bubba T" Terry had been found within a thousand yards of his home. Groups had begun searching for him after the 54-year old autistic man went missing Wednesday night. Terry is known as the Kilgore Bulldogs biggest fan. Around 9 p.m. Wednesday...

    More >>
  • Kilgore students join adults in search for missing 'Bubba T'

    Kilgore students join adults in search for missing 'Bubba T'

    Friday, September 22 2017 12:22 AM EDT2017-09-22 04:22:02 GMT
    Kilgore High School bell, rang at games after touchdowns. Community members hope the familiar sound will get Bubba T's attention. (Source: KLTV News Staff)Kilgore High School bell, rang at games after touchdowns. Community members hope the familiar sound will get Bubba T's attention. (Source: KLTV News Staff)

    On a Friday night you'd find Chris Terry, more commonly known as Bubba T, at a Kilgore High School football game. 

    More >>

    On a Friday night you'd find Chris Terry, more commonly known as Bubba T, at a Kilgore High School football game. 

    More >>
  • Preview of Carthage and Gilmer showdown

    Preview of Carthage and Gilmer showdown

    Friday, September 22 2017 12:19 AM EDT2017-09-22 04:19:27 GMT
    Carthage and Gilmer square off on Saturday night.Carthage and Gilmer square off on Saturday night.

    Since 2004, Carthage and Gilmer have combined to play in 10 state championship games, and claim eight state titles. So that's why Saturday's Class 4A showdown between the number one Bulldogs and second ranked Buckeyes is sold out. Carthage, who won the Class 4A division I title last year, knocked off Gilmer 55 to 37, snapping the then Buckeyes 23 game regular season winning streak.

    More >>

    Since 2004, Carthage and Gilmer have combined to play in 10 state championship games, and claim eight state titles. So that's why Saturday's Class 4A showdown between the number one Bulldogs and second ranked Buckeyes is sold out. Carthage, who won the Class 4A division I title last year, knocked off Gilmer 55 to 37, snapping the then Buckeyes 23 game regular season winning streak.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly