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Authorities arrest the owner of a Damascus business on accusations of selling iodine they think was used to make the drug Saturday, March 12, 2005 Federal, state and local authorities arrested a Damascus feed store owner Friday on accusations of selling what they called the largest amount of iodine ever in Oregon for the production of methamphetamine.
Abigail Lou Belmont, 47, of Damascus had been indicted by a federal grand jury on four felony charges of knowingly selling iodine at inflated prices to methamphetamine cooks.
Authorities raided Belmont's Damascus Farm & Pet feed store, on Oregon 212 at Southeast Wiese Road, at 9:15 a.m. Friday. They also searched her home on Southeast Hoffmeister Road.
Sgt. Joel Lujan, of the state police Drug Enforcement Section, led the investigation. He said police learned of illegal sales about a year ago, then, by looking at iodine transaction records, discovered that a significant amount of the chemical was moving through the store.
Police would not say exactly how much iodine Belmont sold. But the amount of strong iodine solution that a consumer buys is "a real telltale sign" of what they're using it for, Lujan said.
"We know that in animal care . . . you don't use that much," he said. "For a veterinarian, if you go through a gallon in a year, that's extremely high."
Iodine is a common product on feed store shelves, often sold for about $20 to $30 a gallon as a disinfectant or as a treatment to toughen weak hooves, officials said. A gallon of strong iodine solution can make 1 to 4 ounces of methamphetamine, depending on the recipe, Lujan said. That amount could keep a steady user high for a week or two, he said.
Under federal law, knowingly selling iodine to make methamphetamine is a felony punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison, federal officials said. Belmont was booked into the Justice Center jail in Portland on Friday afternoon and was being held without bail.
oh my god, 4 ounces keeping one going for a week or 2?
"1 to 4 ounces of methamphetamine, depending on the recipe, Lujan said. That amount could keep a steady user high for a week or two, he said. "
haha that could probably last someone a year, i mean isnt the dose in the mililgrams?
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