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Couple Buys Sudafed; Using to Make Meth

WASHINGTON--One man and one woman are arrested after purchasing Sudafed at dozens of pharmacies across the mid-Columbia and Yakima.

Kennewick police say 45-year-old Patrick Maines and 49-year-old Molly Rinehart were arrested at the Rite-Aid on Ely street last night.

Pharmacists throughout the tri-cities, including one's at various Target stores and Rite-Aid's became suspicious and started calling around to let others know.

Sudafed contains pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used to produce meth.

"The local pharmacies are very good at, they understand some people are trying to buy Sudafed to make methamphetamine and their aware of that and they watch for suspicious activity," says Kennewick police Sgt. Brian Swartswalter.

Both Maines and Rinehart already had outstanding warrants for possession of ephedrine, which is a stimulant.

They were arrested and booked into the Benton County jail for their warrants as well as possession of ephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.