How to catch a smurfer

With binoculars in hand, Agent Mike Hall scours an Athens pharmacy through his truck's window while "Tainted Love" softly plays in the background.

He sets the binoculars in the console, between himself and his partner, Agent Angie Gibson, as the two wait for a smurfer to appear.

"Watch for red hair with green T-shirt" crackles through the radio.

Minutes later, the suspect walks out the front door of the pharmacy, a small plastic bag dangling from one hand, climbs into a car and drives off.

"Hold on," Agent Hall said, stepping on the gas. The chase is on, but he's not trying to grab the woman immediately. Instead, he follows her, sees where she goes, watches who she meets, files it away for the future.

Twice a week, Agent Hall, director of the 10th Judicial Meth Task Force, and several of his agents stake out local pharmacies, looking to catch smurfers - people who travel to different pharmacies buying ingredients used to cook meth.

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