Law enforcement responds to approved legislation to combat meth spread

Published: Feb. 20, 2020 at 5:51 PM EST
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Local law enforcement agencies are responding to State Senator Ed McBroom’s (R-Vulcan) recent approved legislation to combat the spread of methamphetamine abuse.

"The biggest street drug or the most prevalent street drug we have right now is crystal methamphetamine,” said Michigan State Police Detective First Lieutenant, Robert Pernaski.

Pernaski says its spread isn't only a problem here in Marquette County, but throughout the entire U.P. and state.

"It's a problem that we're addressing,” explained Pernaski.

Pernaski says the Michigan State Police (MSP) is discussing meth abuse through drug awareness presentations, troopers offering drug education programs in schools and further use of "don't use drugs" messaging.

Meanwhile, Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt says he and other local law enforcement agencies are receiving more training to catch people using this dangerous substance.

"All the agencies and detectives, are getting together and really trying to organize and identify those who are selling and using,” explained Zyburt.

Zyburt says this method is producing results.

"Almost every night someone is being arrested with at least possession if not the intent to sell."

But Zyburt says the problem is increasing that it's becoming difficult to keep up.

This is why he and other local law enforcement agencies support Sen. McBroom’s legislation to combat the spread of meth abuse.

"Any tool that helps us combat the problem of meth is welcomed,” said Pernaski.

Pernaski suspects the solicitation for others to purchase, or smurfing, will continue even after restrictions are placed on the amount of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine a person may purchase per month and per year.

But he and others believe the legislation will further enhance in efforts to combat the issue.