Sheriff Begins Distribution of Drug Awareness Posters

Retail Stores to Receive Posters Free of Charge

(Bel Air, Md. – May 18, 2006) — The Harford County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Harford County Local Emergency Planning Committee, will soon begin distribution of drug awareness posters to retail stores throughout Harford County. The poster reminds retail store employees to watch their inventory of certain over-the-counter non prescription drugs and other household products which can be used in the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine.

When customers make unusually large or frequent purchases of various products and drugs, retail store employees or managers can notify the Sheriff’s Office or other allied law enforcement agencies as to the purchase, as well as provide detail information as to the customer, method of payment, vehicle description or registration number or other valuable information. The awareness poster has been extremely successful in assisting law enforcement in identifying persons engaged in manufacturing methamphetamine.

“The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is reaching out to our business partners in the community to make them aware of the serious threat posed by clandestine methamphetamine labs,” stated Sheriff R. Thomas Golding. “These posters will serve as a constant reminder of things to look for in sales and requests of customers,” Sheriff Golding remarked.

Distribution of the posters will begin the week of May 22, 2006.

During 2005 six individuals were arrested for possession or manufacturing and distributing of methamphetamine.