A 39 year old man in Key West Florida has been arrested after police found a large amount of cocaine hidden in a 'Cookie Monster' doll in his vehicle.
More like Coke-y Monster.
From the Monroe County Sheriff's office:
Just after midnight, Deputy Orey Swilley was parked at 14th Street and highway U.S. One in Marathon when he spotted a black Dodge passenger car drive past with the license plate obscured. The tint on the windows of the car was so dark the deputy could not see who was inside. He pulled the car over at 73rd Street, identifying the driver as Camus McNair.
When McNair rolled down his window, Deputy Swilley could smell the odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. A search of the vehicle turned up a backpack. Inside the backpack was a blue “Cookie Monster” doll. Deputy Swilley noticed the doll seemed to weigh more than it should have. He took a closer look and found a slit cut in the doll. Inside the doll were two packages containing what turned out to be a total of 314 grams of cocaine.
Paperwork found inside the backpack indicated the backpack did belong to McNair. Deputies Seth Hopp and Matthew Cory assisted on the traffic stop.
McNair was arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine.
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Authorities say Tulsa maintenance base workers workers for American Airlines found seven bricks of cocaine weighing 31 pounds with a street value of about a half a million dollars hidden in the nose of an AA aircraft.
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Brian Pollet (aka PsyBry) created this fantastic series of 20 images each themed on a specific drug. Several have accompanying making-of videos that are as hypnotizing as the final stills. Read the rest
"I glit from one thing to another a lot," said David. "It's like flip, but it's the 70s' version. *sniff*" (Subsequently) Read the rest
After a poor performance at his first chatfight with Hillary Clinton, millionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump's claiming his mic was too quiet. Just imagine the nightmare of cocaine snuffles and wet smacking noises this video would be at double sensitivity! Read the rest
A pile of cocaine worth US$55 million was found at a Coca-Cola plant in Signes, France.
"The first elements of the investigation have shown that employees are in no way involved," said regional Coca-Cola president Jean-Denis Malgras.
The 370kg stash of bagged blow was discovered in a shipment of orange juice concentrate from South America.
When first launched at the end of the 19th century, a glass of Coca-Cola was estimated to contain nine milligrams of cocaine. In 1904, the company replaced that ingredient with cocaine-free coca leaf extract. Or at least that's what they tell us.
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Police in Mexico say they found 84 pounds (38 one-kilogram packets) of cocaine inside the luggage of a guy who claimed to be a cancer patient, as he boarded a Learjet “air ambulance’ from Tijuana to New York City.
The “cancer patient” arrived at the Tijuana airport in an ambulance, and was accompanied by two female paramedics.
Drug-sniffing dogs found 38 packages of cocaine inside the man's three suitcases.
The supposed cancer patient, the supposed paramedics, and four others aboard the jet were all detained pending investigation.
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Ken Finn is a prop master who has made fake drugs for filmmakers. He says "cocaine is probably one of the two or three easiest [drugs to fabricate]. It's just a white powder." That white powder is usually inositol, a common dietary supplement.
Joe Bernardi of Hopes&Fears reports:
Not just any white powdery substance will do, of course. Says Ken: "You don't want to use powdered sugar because it gets sticky. You really don't want to use flour either because if it gets damp at all it just becomes clumpy." Instead, it's almost always inositol, a B-vitamin compound. "In fact," says Ken, "if you ever snort it, you might get this familiar feeling. A certain memory, like, 'Hey, I've tasted this in the back of my throat before.' What I've learned since then is that actual cocaine is oftentimes cut with this stuff. If you ever do shitty [cocaine], You might actually be ingesting this stuff without even knowing it."
Finn says that sometimes actors request genuine cocaine instead of faux blow:
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"A term was recently coined in the industry. No names involved. We call it 'going hot.' If there's a long week, and it's toward the end of the day, and and there's a snorting scene, the actor might request that you 'go hot,' or you switch the fake stuff for the real stuff. It happens more frequently than you might think."
Far out vintage ads for drug paraphernalia, from a water pipe that looks like a set of bathroom fixtures to "The Boosters," a brand of additives that moisten weed and act as a desiccant for cocaine. Read the rest
Nicola Austen told police she only wanted to “have a good time” snorting $450 worth of coke with her 18-year-old daughter. Her plans were spoiled by a sharp-nosed police dog that sniffed out 5.65g hidden in Austen's bedroom. (This article does not explain how the dog ended up in Austen's bedroom.
The 37-year-old British woman has six prior drug convictions, including one for possessing amphetamines in 2010. She was let off this time with a suspended sentence and 250 hours of community service.
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Interrogate video footage of an aging game developer owl and solve the mystery of whatever it is he's trying to say. Try the search terms "cocaine", "murder" and "ubisoft."
As previously posted, Pope Francis plans to chew coca leaves and already drank tea infused with coca, the raw ingredient in cocaine, during his visit to Bolivia.
Psychedelic historian Michael Horowitz points out that Francis is following in the footsteps of Pope Leo XII who appeared in an advertisement for the coca-infused French wine Vin Mariani, popular in the late 19th century. Read the rest
The United Nations declared coca leaves an illegal substance in 1961, but Pope Francis told the government of Bolvia to break out the leaves when he arrives for a visit later this month - he plans to chew them. Coca leaves, which are the raw ingredient of cocaine, are legal in Bolivia for religious and medicinal purposes. It has mild stimulant qualities.
Bolivian Culture Minister Marko Machicao says visiting dignitaries are usually offered coca tea, but when he contacted the Vatican to discuss the tradition, the pontiff had "specifically requested" to chew coca leaves.
"We will be awaiting the Holy Father with the sacred coca leaf," Mr Machicao said.
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Police in Spain found 200 pounds of cocaine stashed in hollow pineapples that arrived on a ship from Central America. From a statement released by the interior ministry of Spain:
"Among the thousands of fresh pineapples inside the containers, they found fruit that had been hollowed out and stuffed with drugs and then covered with a yellow wax that simulated the color of pineapple pulp."
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Some poor devil has to scan in thousands of handwritten documents
over the next four years—it's no wonder bags of cocaine are being intercepted
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My friend Erik Vance lives in Mexico City and writes about science. But, in the past year or so, his work covering ocean fisheries has brought him into contact with some of the fallout from the cocaine trade. That overlap lead to a recent piece for Slate
, where he writes that "there's no such thing as cruelty-free cocaine". If you care about sustainability, fair trade, and the power of consumer choice to change industry practices in fishing, then you should care about those things when it comes to drugs, he writes. More provocatively, Vance likens buying coke today to donating to the Nazi party in the 1930s. Read the rest