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Officials educate others about "smurfing"

AUGUSTA - Drug agents say meth makers are "smurfng" when they pay somebody to buy Sudafed for them.

Monday, a coalition of retailers, pharmaceutical manufacturers and police announced an effort to educate people who take part in "smurfing" to let them know they are violating the law.

"What we'll often see, is whether you're a college student, whether you're just walking into a pharmacy," says Carlos Gutierrez with the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. "You might have a random stranger ask you to purchase cold and allergy medication containing pseudophedrine on their behalf and they'll give you a few bucks to do so."

He says the person buying the Sudafed for the meth maker, even unknowingly, is breaking the law.

The campaign will place posters throughout the state, especially in police stations.

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Blake Lipton joined the ABC 7 and Fox 22 news team in January of 2016 and is excited to start his career in television as a morning anchor at our station!

He is a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina and has previously interned with the ESPNU/SEC Network, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and the WOLO sports department in Columbia, South Carolina during his time in school.

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