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Tip from Germantown pharmacist leads to arrests

"I've been in a pharmacy for 30 years," says Tammy Folk.

This Germantown pharmacist knows not everybody uses products like Sudafed for their runny nose. Some use it to make Meth.

"The Pseudoephedrine is the primary ingredient that they use," says Folk.

She called Germantown Police when an Arkansas man walked in Friday afternoon and bought two boxes.

"Typically, they'll go to another pharmacy after this one," says Folk. "So I thought we'd alert them that someone was from out of town buying multiple boxes of Sudafed," she adds.

While one suspect was buying Sudafed at Super D, police say two accomplices hit the pharmacy at Schnuck's in this same shopping center. That's where Bryan Dierken, Derrick Hendrix, and Charles Oakes, all from Arkansas, were arrested and charged with possession of Meth-making materials. Police say all of them have prior records and think they had Meth-making in mind.

"They were going to go back to Arkansas and manufacture Meth," says Germantown Police Lt. Mike Griffus.

Police consider astute drug-store employees an invaluable weapon on the war against Meth. Folk is glad she helped get some suspected suppliers off the streets.

"It makes me feel good we're helping to clean up some of these labs I guess," says Folk.

Police found more than 90 Sudafed tablets in the car in which these three suspects were travelling. They also found drain cleaner, which is another common ingredient in Meth--as well as 450 dollars cash.

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