NC House panel OKs more meth penalties

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 4:34 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Additional penalties for people who make methamphetamine in North Carolina or possess a key ingredient in making it have been approved by a House committee.  

A House judiciary panel voted Wednesday in support of the measure recommended by a study group that looked at how to prevent the spread of the highly addictive drug, produced with volatile chemicals that can lead to explosions.  

(Click here to view a slideshow of Meth, before and after.)

The measure would make it a felony for someone to possess a product with pseudoephedrine -- often cold medicines -- if the person has been convicted previously of making meth. These cold medicines remain behind drug store counters and its sales are monitored. 

People who make meth where a child or disabled or elder adult live also could see their sentences increased by up to four years.
 

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