Police: 15 arrested in Steuben County for ‘smurfing’, helping to make meth

State Police investigators arrested 15 people as part of a five-month-long investigation into using allergy medicine products to help make methamphetamines.

Police said each of the suspects was arrested for illegally buying “precursors” used in the production of methamphetamine.

The suspects in this investigation are:

-Michelle Croft, 35
-Daniel Gillespie, 40
-John Landsborough, 51
-William Landsborough, 33
-Joyce Lafave, 50
-Cody Shoemaker, 29
-Jeremy Comfort, 31
-Melissa Sherman, 37
-Megan Preston, 25
-Kerstyn Buck, 20
-Kristina Jolley, 48
-Patrick Rafferty, 26
-William Trenchard, 37
-Chastity Stark, 42
-Jessica Austin, 34

Each suspect is believed to have purchased ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, the active ingredient found in Claritin, Sudafed, and other similar products. Federal law prohibits anyone from buying more than 3.6 grams of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine per day and nine grams in a 30-day period.

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