Three Arrested in Meth Bust

The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and Newton County Sheriff’s Department say they arrested three people Friday night on meth charges, after executing a search warrant at 822 16th Church Road in Hickory.

Lamar Collins,49, 36-year-old Mark Ange, and Shaunna Atwood, 19 are charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of meth precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacture of methamphetamine, and child endangerment.

Law enforcement officers Atwood's 21-month-old child was in the room where an active methamphetamine lab was "cooking “ the illegal drug. Two other children lived in the home but were not present at the time.

Law enforcement groups are lobbying for a law to make pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used to make meth, only available by prescription to curtail its availability. Pseudoephedrine is used in some cold medications that are sold without a prescription, but the sales are tracked and monitored.

MBN director Marshall Fisher says people get around the existing law by getting third parties to purchase it, or shopping at different pharmacies to obtain enough to use for illegal purposes.

Should pseudoephedrine, which is a main ingredient in many cold medicines, be made available by prescription only to try to prevent the making of meth?

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