Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Greg Stumbo Attends National Conference on Combating Methamphetamine

Press Release Date:  Thursday, April 12, 2007  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo is among Attorneys General from nine states participating in a one-day national conference focused on combating methamphetamine trafficking in the United States. The event in sponsored by the National Association of Attorneys General, Southern Region, and is hosted by the Virginia Attorney General in Richmond. The conference is entitled, “Trafficking: The New Front in the War Against Methamphetamine.”

“Methamphetamine is a scourge on the citizens of Kentucky and across the United States,” said Attorney General Stumbo. “The tough laws we have developed to combat this problem are just the first step. This conference will lay the groundwork on new ways to fight criminals who bring drugs into our state. Adapting to meet emerging threats is my top priority.”

Also attending the Virginia conference are Attorneys General from Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Maryland, Mississippi, Florida and Wisconsin.

According to the National Association of Attorneys General, states have experienced increased success in reducing the number of domestic methamphetamine labs in recent years. However, this has led to an increased utilization of interstate trafficking by meth dealers as they are forced to move their product over larger distances.

“The increased focus of law enforcement, coupled with new laws to prevent the purchase of large amounts of meth-cooking ingredients, is reducing locally produced meth,” Stumbo observed. “However, the market for this deadly drug still exists and dealers are constantly looking for new ways to bring methamphetamine into our communities.”

In 2005, Kentucky passed Senate Bill 63. This legislation restricts access to over-the-counter drugs that contain pseudoephedrine. Consumers in Kentucky now have to sign a log when purchasing the drug and are limited to how much they can buy per month. The law increases penalties for people who expose children to meth labs and tightens laws to allow prosecution of people who possess some ingredients and equipment used to make meth. Senate Bill 63 also makes it tougher for people to buy illegal prescription drugs over the Internet. This initiative is being enforced by the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and is producing results with the seizure of more than $1.5 million in illegal Internet pharmaceuticals entering Kentucky from out of state.