For Immediate Release
MADIGAN URGES FARMERS TO SAFEGUARD ANHYDROUS SUPPLIES DURING HARVEST SEASON
KEY FERTILIZER HIJACKED BY METH "COOKS" TO MAKE DEADLY DRUG
Springfield – Amid unsettling statistics that methamphetamine is the fastest-growing drug in the United States and poses enormous threats to rural communities throughout Illinois, Attorney General Lisa Madigan today reminded farmers and chemical dealers that Fall is prime time for thieves looking to steal a key ingredient used in “cooking” methamphetamine: anhydrous ammonia.
Anhydrous ammonia, a chemical used in field preparation, is now a staple in the manufacture of methamphetamine. With the harvest season and field preparation continuing through November, anhydrous tanks that dot the Illinois prairie are easily accessible and make tempting targets for meth producers.
“Farmers are hard at work bringing in the crop this time of year,” Madigan said. “Unfortunately, they are now forced to keep one eye on the weather and the other on their anhydrous supplies.”
Madigan urged farmers and chemical dealers to take the following steps to help prevent theft of anhydrous ammonia:
Madigan encouraged fertilizer dealers and farmers to participate in a new $1.6 million grant program administered by the Illinois Department of Agriculture with the aim of improving safety and security at anhydrous ammonia facilities. Information on the program is available at www.agr.state.il.us or at www.ifca.com .
Madigan also reminded the agricultural community about two new laws drafted by her office to better protect communities from methamphetamine:
“My office will continue to explore initiatives to help protect farmers and citizens against meth-related incidents,” Madigan said. “Additionally, my office will continue to prosecute and assist state’s attorneys in prosecuting meth makers and dealers.”More information about meth legislation and issues can be found at the “MethNet” link at Madigan’s Web site: www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov . The pamphlet, Methamphetamine and Agriculture, also can be downloaded at the Attorney General’s Web site at