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Court: Ignorance about allergy medicine crime no excuse

North Carolina's highest court has upheld the conviction of a man for buying over-the-counter allergy medicine that was illegal only because he had previously been convicted of crimes involving highly-addictive methamphetamine.

The state Supreme Court on Friday reversed the ruling of a lower appeals court that had vacated the Watauga County man's conviction for purchasing one box of medicine that contained pseudoephedrine, which can be used to make meth. A lawyer for Austin Lynn Miller argued his client hadn't been made aware when he purchased the capsules in early 2014 that the prohibition had taken effect a month before. Writing the majority opinion, Justice Sam Ervin IV said the state Court of Appeals inappropriately ruled that the state should have given notice to Miller about the potential crime.

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