Rogers Secures $580,000 to Go After Meth Labs

WASHINGTON, DC.-U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) announced today that $580,000 is slated to fund technology that tracks ingredients used to produce methamphetamines. The funding measure passed a key House Committee and the money will go to the Commonwealth's Office of Drug Control Policy to be used across Kentucky, once the measure is signed into law.

A major component of any meth operation is a steady flow of pseudoephedrine, often found in over the counter cold medicines. Using a device called "Meth Check," transaction data is captured electronically on point of sale systems at pharmacies and other retailers, eliminating the need for paper records which are error-prone and often of limited use to law enforcement.

"We have to work smart - not just hard - to eliminate the drug scourge," said Rep. Rogers. "This technology gives law enforcement real time data, so we can find these dealers, take down their hidden labs and get these criminals and drugs off our streets."

Laurel County was the first community in Kentucky to launch Meth Check. Within six months, nine meth labs were shut down as a direct result of monitoring purchase logs with this system.

Meth Check enables the compilation of a single electronic database and allows pharmacies to submit purchase transactions directly to law enforcement agencies and eliminates time consuming site visits. The technology also gives investigators the tools to identify shoppers who use various techniques to attempt to disguise excessive purchases.

Operation UNITE, which works to eliminate drug abuse in eastern Kentucky, has dismantled 55 meth labs and removed 5,145 grams of methamphetamine since 2004. With the funding, more Meth Check data from strategic locations across southern and eastern Kentucky will be submitted to UNITE detectives.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2007 at 03:42 PM
    Hal Rogers is a big-government liberal in the wrong party. We Republicans need to knock out the King of Pork once and for all in the next primary. The National Review had it right: Hal Rogers is "A National Disgrace."
  • by nancy Location: corbin on Jul 17, 2007 at 01:58 PM
    I was hit by a meth user in 2004 right before Christmas.I had to be cut out of my car and air lifted to UOK. Where I was put back togather again . After 2months I began to remember who I was. My friend Tony helped me by never letting me give up. I can give you a picture of being completly healthy one dat to waking up tied in a chair. These people who do this to people need to be watched while they viit places where these people are.Let them see what they have done. This should be taught to highschoolers. Hal Rogers has steped forward in Ky with the Unite Program. Miss Nancy
  • by Rory Location: Somerset on Jul 17, 2007 at 10:01 AM
    Way to go Hal! Being a sinus and allergy sufferer myself, it's a small price to pay so my kids won't fall victim to such a dangerous, life altering drug. I salute the efforts put forth by a man willing to stand up to meth makers and put them out of business! I'll vote for you again Hal!
  • by Anonymous Location: western ky on Jul 17, 2007 at 09:42 AM
    While some of you complain about not being able to buy over-the-counter sinus medications without a hassle, there are some of us who deal daily with meth labs and the horrible effect these labs have in the lives of the children who are stuck living there. Children who have no choice in the matter, daily breathe the toxic air created in the meth process which starts with the "hard-to-get" sinus medications. If you ever held a 6-month old baby that had been burned all over their little body by the chemicals, or carried a 4-year-old who hadn't eaten in a week or been bathed in a month, or tried to comfort the 8-year old little girl who suffered from repeated sexual abuse from meth users who just can't get enough, you might not feel so put out over the small cost you have to pay to see that Kentucky's children are safe. Wake up and look around. There is more going on in this matter than you having to show identification to purchase Sudafed.
  • by Tony Location: Floyd on Jul 17, 2007 at 07:21 AM
    I cant not beleive the ignorant comments made by "Jack" and "Innocent" and "anonumus"! King of Pork? are you forgetting that he is bring money to East KY??????? and has brought more $$$$ that anyone else to East KY!!!! The way I see it, the money is going to be given to some state, why shouldnt he fight to bring the money home?? How would you feel if he wasnt doing his job and not making sure Kentucky got its fair share of money. I am proud to have Congressman Rogers as my Congressman and he will ALWAYS get my vote!
  • by Innocent Location: eastern ky on Jul 17, 2007 at 05:44 AM
    I agree with Jack. I am tired of being punished because I am not a "druggie"
  • by Jack Location: Pike County on Jul 17, 2007 at 04:43 AM
    I guess this is like everything else. The rest of us have to suffer because of the druggies. Physicians won't prescribe needed medication for fear of the druggies, driving is a "Thank you God I made there," deal, and you can't buy simple sinus medication without a driver's liscense and five more IDs. Of couse if you're one of the druggers, you can get methodone to help you with your habit, free rehab to help you with your habit, assistance with your bills to help you with your habit, and free counseling to help you with your habit. And we wonder why the incidences involving drugs are becoming more numerous. DUUUHHHH!
  • by debi Location: Morgan on Jul 17, 2007 at 03:32 AM
    Way to go Hal! I'm glad we are focusing on the big issues in the drug war, the little ones will follow. Let's clean up the commonwealth.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2007 at 12:21 AM
    More nonsense from the King of Pork. Come on 5th District, let's vote this liberal out of office next year!


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