Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Tracks Pseudoephedrine With New Tool
Scott Kendall, a Narcotic Detective with the Auburn Police Division, says, "I think if law enforcement officers start using it more and understanding it more, I think it’s a very valuable tool for law enforcement officers to use."
The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve heard of NPLEx, a relatively new pseudoephedrine tracking system, but they didn’t know how to use it until now.
Sheriff Eric Watson, with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, says, "If someone goes in and buys allergy medicine. They’ll take your drivers license, your information is entered into a computer."
That computer links up with every pharmacy in TN, and pharmacies in about 30 other states.
Sheriff Watson says, "We can even track them on our cell phone now."
Kendall adds, "By doing that you can look for the trends and see the things that indicate someone is buying pseudoephedrine for an illegal reason."
Like to manufacture methamphetamine.
Now, this is not a new system.
It’s been around since about 2012.
However, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is just now getting free training from the Auburn Police Division in Alabama.
Kendall adds, "It’s kinda a real world experience of things that I’ve used and done to make successful cases and prosecutions, hopefully, they’ll take away some of that."
Bradley County also invited surrounding agencies to the free class.
The officers believe the electronic database will reduce these types of crimes by at least 30 percent, and ultimately loosen the government’s tight grip on pseudoephedrine.
That’s good news for those needing to buy allergy medicine over the counter.
About 40 officers from all over the region took part in Thursday’s class.