Camera system helping Oklahoma investigators catch thieves

Thursday, May 1st 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Duncan-AP) -- A tiny hidden camera system is helping authorities in southwestern Oklahoma fight the methamphetamine trade.

The half-dollar sized camera is being used in Stephens County by the District Six Drug Task Force to catch thieves who steal chemicals used to make meth.

The camera's are used to videotape in areas where anhydrous ammonia is stored. The chemical is in fertilizer used by farmers and is a main ingredient in methamphetamine.

The six-thousand dollar cameras are wireless, easily hidden and can record images in low light.

District Attorney Gene Christian says eight cases have been prosecuted because of the cameras and that there is a noticeable decrease in thefts.