(Ping! Zine) – Using information provided by LeadsOnlabs, an online system that helps track the illegal sale of pseudoephedrine, a main ingredient used to make methamphetamine, state and local police teamed up to apprehend and arrest the majority of a group of twelve individuals who worked together to purchase large amounts of pseudoephedrine and ultimately make meth. The group, which included repeat drug offenders, a recent parolee listed as an absconder, and four others actively on the wanted list, was attempting to purchase illegal amounts of pills containing pseudoephedrine in Sherwood, North Little Rock and eight other cities in Arkansas.
Pharmacies and stores that sell over-the-counter medicines that contain pseudoephedrine log the sale of those pills in LeadsOnlabs. When a purchase is made, the buyer’s name and driver’s license is entered into the system. Should an individual attempt to purchase more than the legal amount of pseudoephedrine as allowed by federal law, the system will immediately block the sale.
“Breaking up this meth ring was a big step in the fight against meth in the State of Arkansas,” explains Investigator Chris Anderson of the Arkansas State Police.
In this particular case, some of the individuals had already reached that limit and were attempting to purchase more pills. In fact, the LeadsOnLabs system blocked a total of forty-three transactions of the 235 that were attempted by this group. Because the LeadsOnlabs is an online logbook and provides real-time alerts, pharmacies across the state were made aware of this group and were immediately able to deny the sale of additional pills to these individuals.
And sure enough, within minutes of that alert, some of the individuals attempted to make a purchase. Using information from LeadsOnlabs, police were able to apprehend the suspects; that led them to others in the group, and helped police locate the location of the meth lab.
“We commend the mighty efforts of the Arkansas State Police as well as various Local Law Enforcement Agencies and the work they do to combat meth abuse in their state,” says Dave Finley, president and CEO of LeadsOnlabs. “We are proud to be able to help them identify individuals and groups of meth makers. Through our partnership we hope to help them win the war against methamphetamines in the state of Arkansas.”
The State of Arkansas instituted the LeadsOnlabs system statewide in an attempt to eradicate meth abuse in the state in 2008, under the direction of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. The system has been credited with helping law enforcement bust meth labs and track down meth abusers across the state.
LeadsOnline is the nation’s largest online investigative system used by more than 3,000 law enforcement agencies to recover stolen property and solve crimes. Each day, millions of items are added to the LeadsOnline database by businesses including second-hand stores, scrap metal recyclers, pawnshops, and Internet drop-off stores across all 50 states. Those records are instantly available to law enforcement agencies, meaning crimes can be solved in seconds, not months. The LeadsOnline system, compatible with the NCIC, serves as an indispensible, efficient, and money-saving resource for detectives because it provides a cross-jurisdictional, instantaneous, and accurate database that stops criminals from escaping detection by selling stolen items in another city. An official eBay partner, LeadsOnline helps prevent illegal transactions on the eBay website by giving law enforcement access to the world’s largest online marketplace through automatic upload of all eBay transactions into the LeadsOnline database. LeadsOnline also includes LeadsOnlabs, a system for tracking those involved in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamines; a Metal Theft Investigation System designed to track copper and other metal thefts; and cross-checks names of pawn customers against the OFAC SDN list of known terrorists and narcotics traffickers. Each year, LeadsOnline is credited with recovering millions of dollars in stolen goods and solving thousands of crimes that are often associated with bigger crimes, such as homicide, identity theft, and arson. Based in Dallas and led by President and CEO Dave Finley, LeadsOnline works with thousands of agencies throughout the country, including the New York Police Department, the Dallas Police Department, and the San Francisco Police Department. www.leadsonline.com