Compliant retailers in the
Iowa-Illinois Quad Cities area aren't waiting for legislators to tell them
to stop selling large quantities of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and other
common substances that can be used to manufacture methamphetamine.
And they're being proactive in reporting suspicious customers to police.
The Moline (IL) Dispatch reported Sunday that Target, Kmart and Wal-Mart
stores in the region are blocking large sales of such items and working
with police to investigate people buying too much Sudafed.
Nancy Walsten, co-manager
of the Moline Wal-Mart, told the Dispatch store cash registers are set
to block sales of large quantities of any legal substance that could be
on the meth-making suspicion list -- and that's not all. "Sometimes
we get licenses of cars and turn them over to police," she said.
The Moline Kmart has a similar
policy, according to store manager Tena Knapp. While Kmart won't
block suspicious sales, it will narc out the buyers. "We have a list
that we post that clerks look at. Anyone we see buying large quantities,
we get their information from them," Knapp said, adding that the store
will turn the information over to the police.
The Moline Target won't sell
large quantities of items on a list provided by police, including batteries
and glass bowls. "We pretty much track what they're coming through
the lanes with," said manager Donna Winckler. "We don't report it
to police, we just don't sell it."
Rene Sandoval, director of
the Quad City Metropolitan Enforcement Group, confirmed to the Dispatch
that retail personnel are regularly tipping off police to suspicious sales.
"If someone comes in and exceeds the maximum amount, they'll notify us
so we can do an investigation," he said. "I think the training they're
receiving is definitely a step in the right direction and is a help to
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