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OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma officials are working on a way to track meth offenders in your community.

Lawmakers and drug agents want to create a meth registry to help Oklahomans know what is going on in their neighborhoods.

"We want to have a system in place where the public can run their address and see where these people are, to see how close are meth offenders living in their neighborhood and potentially cooking meth in their neighborhood," Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, said.

There's already a law requiring meth offenders to give the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics their address, but lawmakers want to require offenders to fill out a form every time they move, much like a sex offender.

"As far as the public and law enforcement trying to keep track of these offenders and where they're at and what they're up to, it’s very, very difficult," Woodward said.

We talked to a former meth dealer who is having trouble transitioning from prison life.

"I mean I went to Lucent, AT&T, big places trying to get good jobs and just because of my past record I had troubles," the convicted felon, who wants to remain anonymous, said.

He believes a meth registry is an unfair way to keep his past on display.

"They've got public records to everybody's name. They can look up anybody's name and see what they've ever been charged with, so why make a special list?" he asked.

Attorney David Slane says this type of law is too broad.

Slane believes the attorney, judge and defendant should be a part of the process.

"That way early on, you'd be able to identify the cases that ought to go on this registry, not just a blanket answer for everyone," Slane said.

Woodward claims tracking meth offenders will prevent unsuspecting families from moving into a potentially toxic home or even living next door to a meth lab.

Lawmakers hope to look into this possible law during the 2015 legislative session.