Oaks Hails Enactment of Meth Law

August 11, 2005

Assemblyman Robert Oaks (R,C-Macedon) today hailed Gov. George Pataki for signing into law legislation to aggressively attack the growing problem of methamphetamine (meth) production and abuse in New York state.

"Methamphetamine is highly dangerous and easily manufactured," Oaks said. "The signing of this bill into law today by the governor will give our law enforcement and the courts the tools to aggressively investigate meth cases, arrest the manufacturers and users, and prosecute crimes related to this highly addictive drug."

The law establishes a stronger state policy regarding operation of illegal meth labs by creating three new felony offenses, ranging from Class D to Class B, for unlawful production of the drug. The law also increases the charges and penalties for theft of anhydrous ammonia, the pressurized corn fertilizer used in a popular meth recipe. It boosts penalties against individuals who threaten public safety and the environment by carelessly disposing of dangerous meth ingredients.