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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today's winner is Rene Sandoval, Director of the Quad Cities Metropolitan Enforcement Agency. They get the award for the following.

"(I was) made to feel like a criminal -- Made to feel low, dirty. Just totally degraded," recalled Tim Naveau, who says he'll never forget the hours he spent in Rock Island County Jail -- he says all because of his allergies.

"They searched me, made me take my shirt off, my shoes off," he recounted.

Tim takes one 24-hour Claritin-D tablet just about every day. That puts him just under the legal limit of 75-hundred milligrams of pseudo ephedrine a month. The limit is part of a new law that Quad Cities authorities are beginning to strictly enforce.

The law limits the amount of pseudo ephedrine you can buy. Pseudo ephedrine is an ingredient in medicines like Sudafed and Claritin-D, and it's also a key ingredient in methamphetamines.

"It's the only allergy medicine that works for me -- for my allergies," Tim explained.

The only problem is, Tim has a teenaged son who also suffers from allergies. And minors are not allowed to buy pseudo ephedrine.

"I bought some for my boy because he was going away to church camp and he needed it," he said.

That decision put Tim over the legal limit. Two months later, there was a warrant for his arrest.

"I was flabbergasted," he said. "Just totally amazed that I could be in trouble."

Rene Sandoval, Director of the Quad Cities Metropolitan Enforcement Agency -- the agency that enforces the law -- says it's meant to catch meth makers, and does.

"We've seen a huge decline in methamphetamine labs," Sandoval said.

But even if you're not making meth, if you go over that limit -- of one maximum strength pill per day -- you will be arrested.

"Does it take drastic measures? Absolutely. Have we seen a positive result? Absolutely," Sandoval stressed.
If Sandoval is an example of the norm for law enforcement in the US, God help us. A man is being prosecuted for his allergy and some idiot on a power trip thinks this is normal. Hasn't this country learned what happens when the police or prosecutor get carried away with themselves? If the American public don't start fighting back, nobody's rights are safe in this country.

Sandoval needs to be put on the parking meter patrol and this case dismissed for the stupidity it is. But first I make Rene Sandoval, Director of the Quad Cities Metropolitan Enforcement Agency today's Knucklehead of the day.

Hat tip- Steve Verdon at OTB. Dr. Taylor at Poliblog is also commenting.
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