Ephedrine Fine in Kansas

A Wichita, Kan., man who sold various products to convenience stores and gas stations was fined $20,000 for failing to keep an adequate record of about 30 cases of products containing ephedrine, the Wichita Business Journal reported.

Gary Shively’s business, S&S Distributors, was hit with the civil penalty for violating the Controlled Substances Act.

Ephedrine is a key ingredient in methamphetamine. Products containing ephedrine were once sold in gas stations and convenience stores, but a law passed in July 2007 in Kansas restricts the sale of such products to pharmacies and health care centers, the report said.

U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren told the Journal that keeping ephedrine out of the hands of drug dealers “requires that vendors keep accurate records.”

Shively repeatedly failed to maintain accurate records of his sales.

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