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Smurfing Legislation Promoted

Another move is underway to crack down on “smurfing,” an illegal practice where several people conspire to buy large amounts of Pseudoephedrine, used in the making of methamphetamine. Currently it’s a 10-year felony, but has been difficult to prove in court. State House Democrat John Kivela of Marquette allowing only a misdemeanor charge makes it easier to get “smurfers” names on record.

When a “smurfer” is on record, they’re prohibited from buying Pseudoephedrine. Kivela says the misdemeanor charge would also help those that may have made one big mistake to avoid having a felony conviction follow them for the rest of their lives.

The legislation has been introduced in Lansing.


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