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Inmates Try to Smuggle Drugs Via Coloring Book

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the snort-between-the-lines dept.

Crime 11

Three inmates and two others are accused of trying to smuggle drugs in a coloring book into a New Jersey correctional facility. The drugs were dissolved in paint and pasted onto the pages. From the article: "Two of the pages were scrawled with crayon and said 'To Daddy,' in an attempt to dupe guards into thinking a child drew them. 'In my 38 years of law enforcement, I've never seen anything like this,' Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer told the Press of Atlantic City Monday."

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Anything ... (2)

wisnoskij (1206448) | more than 3 years ago | (#35668646)

Anything to have drugs that do not smell like ass I guess.

Wait... what? (2)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670618)

"In addition, Debbie Longo of West Wildwood, N.J., was charged with intent to distribute a controlled substance and intent to distribute a controlled substance in a school zone."

So, the jail is in a school zone???

Re:Wait... what? (1)

mythosaz (572040) | more than 3 years ago | (#35671962)

Or, there is perhaps a school in the jail, and the state correctional system uses this as a double-whammy for idiots trying to mule drugs.

Also, good for them.

Re:Wait... what? (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 3 years ago | (#35679366)

Most NJ public schools are much like jails.

Re:Wait... what? (3, Insightful)

sjames (1099) | more than 3 years ago | (#35675448)

Far too many DAs these days seem to no longer care at all about guilt or innocence, and certainly not appropriateness of punishment. They simply want to put as many as they can away for as long as they can guilty or not. The school zone thing is clearly an abuse of the law. IMHO that should itself be a crime.

The drug in question is intended to treat opiate addiction. Apparently a few manage to get some sort of high out of it, but nothing like heroine. It has an opiate blocker mixed in to make it self limiting. I would think if they're taking that much risk they'd want heroine. Perhaps they aren't getting adequate medical care (which would include addiction treatment) and so have to smuggle it in?

Re:Wait... what? (1, Offtopic)

Eric(b0mb)Dennis (629047) | more than 2 years ago | (#35689026)

Exactly my point.

I'm on Suboxone treatment myself! If someone threw me in jail where I couldn't obtain my medicine, i'd fucking try to smuggle it in too! What's the real story here? I've been through HARDCORE opiate addiction and I managed to find a medication which totally pulled me out of the gutter. I have been clean two years thanks to suboxone and it has totally turned my life around.

Sure, opiate naive individuals can get a 'high' off suboxone.. and you certainly don't feel 'bad' when you take it, it makes you feel great.. well it makes you feel 'normal' compared to other people. Once you've been an opiate addict for long enough, you just simply don't have enough natural opiates in your brain, you are constantly sick and I don't blame these people if that's the case.

They should have been receiving treatment for their addiction in jail, not just left to rot and wallow in withdrawal. It's easy for people who have never been there to judge and say it's their fault and they should just suffer through it. Anyone who has experienced opiate withdrawal at an extreme level knows this just isn't possible! you are so sick you can't eat, sleep, stay still.....this is worst than most medical conditions! Sure, it was self-inflicted, but come on... at least they're smuggling in something that's almost impossible to get high off of / overdose on. If they were really looking to get high, they could've done the EXACT SAME THING with heroin or any other strong opiate.. but they didn't. They used Suboxone, which leads me to believe they were just seeking help.

Re:Wait... what? (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 3 years ago | (#35691504)

Personally, I would consider such medical "care" to be cruel and unusual in and of itself.

Yeah, arguably the addict brought it on himself, but people do make mistakes and there's no good reason to make the consequences even worse than they already are.

Re:Wait... what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35692884)

+2 offtopic? Wtf, slashdot? This is incredibly ontopic.

Was it so hard? (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#35673952)

I mean really - how hard can it be to color INSIDE the lines?!
Those colorings look as if they were done by complete amateurs. No self-respecting kid would send something like that to daddy in prison.

Re:Was it so hard? (1)

Kosi (589267) | more than 2 years ago | (#35689138)

I mean really - how hard can it be to color INSIDE the lines?!

Just have a look at the woman's photo, that should answer the question.

Subutex would have been the better idea. (1)

Kosi (589267) | more than 2 years ago | (#35689126)

It also contains Buprenorphine, but the tablets are white and have no Naloxon mixed into the good stuff.

If it had been only for regular treatment of an addiction, they could have gotten a prescription from the jail's doc.

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