Robert Swinney, indicted on meth-related charges By KMOV Web Producer
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(KMOV) – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office teamed with the DEA in an investigation that led to the arrests of Richard Treis and Robert Swinney, who were indicted this week, accused of ring-leading a Missouri meth operation; investigators say the bigger problem remains – meth makers getting their hands on large amounts of cold medicine.
According to the investigators, 96% of cold medicine purchased in the state is believed to be used as ingredients to make meth.
The Walgreens in Fenton sells more cold medicine than any store in the state. Five of the top ten stores selling cold medicine in Missouri are Walgreens.
Franklin County investigators say until Missouri has a law requiring a prescription to buy cold medicine, stores will keep making huge sales and looking the other way.