Brazil Chief of Police Mark Loudermilk plans to visit businesses today, before a new city ordinance takes effect on July 1.
The ordinance restricts the sale of products containing ingredients found in methamphetamine, Loudermilk told the Brazil City Council Tuesday night.
Sponsored by Second Ward Councilman Marty Beasley, Ordinance 6-2005 establishes limits on sales of products containing ephe-drine, pseudoephedrine and phenylpropanolamine, ingredients found in meth-amphetamine.
The ordinance states that Southwestern Indiana in general and Brazil specifically have become known to narcotics officers and drug enforcement agents for its high incidence of illicit manufacture, sale and use of methamphetamine. An increase in the sales, theft and possession of over-the-counter products containing these ingredients has increased. Placing restrictions on these products and reducing casual accessibility will facilitate the tracking and eventual capture of manufacturers and improve the effectiveness of law enforcement and the prevention of drug abuse and resulting crime.
When the ordinance passed in April, Mayor Tom Arthur suggested delaying its effective date until July 1, in order to give business owners time to comply with the changes and regulations.
Once the ordinance goes into effect, retailers will be required to obtain city permits to display and sell products containing ephedrine.
Store employees must obtain picture identification that includes a current address from customers, who must be 18 years old to purchase these products. The information will be recorded and a copy of the report will be forwarded to the Brazil Police Department at the end of each calendar month. No more than two packages of products containing ephedrine may be purchased in a single transaction, and a customer may not purchase or acquire more than two packages of products containing ephedrine within a seven-day period.
The ordinance does not apply to prescriptions written by a licensed physician or pharmacists filling those prescriptions. Ideally, Ordinance 6-2005 will curb the manufacture of methamphetamine while continuing to provide consumers using medicines for their intended purposes with convenient access.
The Brazil City Council regularly meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Meetings are conducted in Council Chambers at City Hall and are open to the public.