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Meth law helping deputies catch criminals
Pseudoephedrine is an ingredient found in many cold medications.
It's also a key ingredient to make meth.
David Winkles at Winkles Pharmacy keeps a close eye on all his customers, especially those showing signs of drug abuse, like if they're acting nervous or have sores on their arms.
The statewide system will stop any purchase of pseudoephedrine if the person has exceeded the limit, but his employees can also refuse to sell medication to anyone they suspect may be using it for the wrong reasons.
"There's little red lights that turn on that make you question if you should sell it to them or not," said Winkles.
By law, you're only allowed to purchase 3.6 grams of pseudoephedrine a day.
When Santa Rosa County deputies began investigating Tammie Gutierrez, they discovered she had purchased, or attempted to purchase, pseudoephedrine 26 times since 2012.
Her last purchase was a few days ago.
So far this year, Santa Rosa County deputies have shut down 10 meth labs.
Last year, there were 104 meth-related arrests, in some of those cases, deputies were able to track who was responsible for distributing or making meth, based on information from that electronic system.
Winkles says he thinks the system is working. and helping deputies put a stop to the growing meth problem in the county.