WHITE CITY, Ore. (AP) -- Metal thieves, many seeking quick cash for drugs, have been ravaging Oregon for years, stealing everything from gutters to catalytic converters.

A new law taking effect Jan. 1 aims to slow them.

Senate Bill 570 requires everyone transporting metal to get a state certificate or risk a fine of up to $1,250 or a maximum 30 days in jail. The certificate, which can printed off the Internet, will require identifying where the metal was obtained.

Scrap metal yards must inspect the metal transportation certificate and report any suspicious behavior.

Michael Melton, general manager of White City Metals and Supply, predicts the new law won't stop criminals. He says people are "relentless" in their pursuit of finding something to steal.

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