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.