Tennessee gets meth offender registry

Tennessee gets meth offender registry

December 27, 2005

By TEARSA SMITH
Good Morning Tennessee Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is adding another tool to help fight the war on meth.

An online Meth Offender Registry is now up and running. MethWatch is a public-private partnership designed to help citizens, law enforcement agencies and retailers fight the spread of Meth, according to the TBI.

The registry gives public, online access to Methamphetamine convictions in Tennessee. Anyone can go online to the registry and find out who has made meth in their neighborhood.

Methamphetamine, also known as “meth,” “speed,” “crank,” or “ice,” is a powerful and highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system.

Meth is a synthetic drug produced or sold as pills, capsules or powder that can be smoked, snorted, injected or swallowed.

The registry was made possible by the Meth-Free Tennessee Act of 2005. Tennessee law now requires the registry of any person convicted after March 30, 2005 of a meth-related violation such as the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Currently, the TBI will only register persons convicted of a substantive violation. People convicted on conspiracy, attempt, and facilitation charges will not be registered. The information contained in the registry will be provided by the office of the clerks of court in each county.

MethWatch is a joint effort between the TBI, the Tennessee Retail Association, the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police and the Tennessee Sheriffs' Association.

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