Meth “Smurfing”

What does smurfing mean? In relation to meth, smurfing is a term that is used to describe a person or group of people that go from one store to another in order to gain enough pseudoephedrine to make meth.

group of meth smurfsSince laws were passed in 2005 to prohibit people from buying large quantities of pseudoephedrine at one time, meth manufacturers have found ways around this by “smurfing” from one store to another buying just under the 2 package legal limit at each store until they have enough pseudoephedrine to make meth.

The term smurfing actually comes from the banking world. Smurfing as it relates to banking was coined to describe a process in which a bank would break up huge financial transactions into several smaller ones in order to avoid tipping off the government or raising any red flags. In relation to meth, I’m sure you can see the correlation. Another reason that the term smurfing conjures up memories of those fun loving little blue cartoon characters is probably because of the fact that many times it takes several people to buy up enough pseudoephedrine to make a batch of meth. So you might see a group of 3+ tweekers gathered together like a group of smurfs in the cold medicine isle or standing in line at the store with 2 boxes of pseudoephedrine each.

The government is in the process of passing legislation that would track the purchase of pseudoephedrine from one store to another. Currently these records are limited to the store in which the purchase was made, however in some states they will soon make stores that sell pseudoephedrine combine records and compare them in a central database in order to curtail the smurfing process.

9 thoughts on “Meth “Smurfing”

  1. here in indiana all CVS's and Walgreens are linked but the wal-marts arent I myself was the addict who wet and bught “boxes” in return for more then my fix….in ndiana u have to show ID and the state limit is 3 grams here they are trying to pass a law to take ff shelfs for the ones that dont contain pseudoephedrine but that still leaves ephedrine I have quit doin meth I couldnt get “hig” smoking it snorting it or oing capsules (with 14 gram shoved in em) next step was the needle and I wasnt gonna do that…b4 meth it was opiots and u thing meth withdraws are hardcore opiots gt meth beat by a mile…that was my whole reasoning for trying meth help with oiot withdraws…I stop takng pills but I found myself gettin irritated soon as the met was burnt up in my bowl……….anyway we never called it smurfing here…we called it “goin on a run” hell I have walked in wal-marts and 3 ppl I had no idea who they was all of em buy pseudoephedrine ..I am glad I am sober shew

  2. The city that I live in has passed a city ordinance requiring that these medications be by prescription only. Thats really fun to explain to an insurance underwriter when you are trying to explain your prescription for what should normally be OTC.

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