By Austin Prickett
Garfield County Sheriff’s Office has issued several warrants for the arrest of people violating the Oklahoma Methamphetamine Offender Registry Act.
The act, which became effective in November 2010, prohibits anyone with methamphetamine convictions from purchasing or possessing pseudophedrine tablets. Pseudophedrine is found in cold and sinus allergy medications and also is one of the main ingredients of meth.
According to a press release from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, deputies began investigating violations of the act in April. Deputies recently wrapped up phase one of the investigation and have issued 14 felony arrest warrants for unlawful purchase of pseudophedrine while subject to the Oklahoma Methamphetamine Offender Registry Act.
Undersheriff Jerry Niles said this investigation is one of the first of its kind in Oklahoma.
“We hope the work we have done on these cases will help out similar cases statewide,” Niles said.
The warrants were issued for the following people: Daphne Schweer, Zachary Mungia, Raymond Scott Hill, Amanda Carrie Wise, Brad Eugene Simmons, Chad Harlan, Matthew R. Jones, David W. Wagner, Stacy Fulgium, Sonya R. Wichert, Harold R. Parks, Matthew S. Gilbert and Jami A. Chance.
The law states anyone on the registry who tries to purchase pseudophedrine and is found guilty will be subject to at least two years and up to 10 years imprisonment and $5,000 fine.
Any person who assists can be found guilty of a misdemeanor on the first offense and a felony on the second and subsequent convictions.
Those with a meth conviction still may obtain pseudophedrine in liquid or soft gel form, but are prohibited from having the tablets/powdered form from which meth is made.
Niles said five people have been arrested due to the warrants. Simmons, Olson and Hill were arrested, while Chance and Wolfe were already found to be in prison.