South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says new and simpler methods of manufacturing meth have increased the number of meth labs across our state.
In 2013, 39 meth labs were discovered compared to 27 in 2012. There were 1,229 arrests versus 669 the year before, and 79 pounds of meth was seized compared to 48 pounds in 2012.
Jackley says new legislation, just signed by Governor Dennis Daugaard, will prevent the illegal purchase of meth ingredients. The bill will implement a real time pseudo ephedrine tracking system called the National Precursor Log Exchange or NPLEX.
It will also respect the privacy of customers who rely on cold medications.
South Dakota is the 30th state to have this technology.