Stolen iPad leads to 780lb crystal meth seizure
Hoods with $35m in drugs can't afford fondleslab?
Silicon Valley police tracking down a stolen iPad have made a massive drug bust resulting from rank stupidity by the thieves.
The Palo Alto policemen were tracking down a stolen iPad, using its GPS-based "Find My iPad" feature to determine its location. After tracing the filched fondleslab to an apartment building, they knocked on the door and asked to be let in, even though they didn't have a warrant. Rather surprisingly, the occupants agreed.
"They probably thought if they didn't, we'd suspect something," Assistant District Attorney David Tomkins told The San Jose Mercury News. "Or they thought, 'I'll let them in – they probably won't find anything.'"
However the police did find something – 780 pounds of crystal meth worth an estimated $35m, to be precise – scattered around the apartment building. District Attorney Jeff Rosen said that local police typically seize about 100 pounds of crystal meth every year, making this one of the biggest busts in their history.
"I told my dad about the bust," said Rosen, "and he said, 'They have $35 million, and they can't go out and buy an iPad?'"
Three people, who were presumably high on their own supply when they invited the police in, have since been arrested. ®
Once a crook......
I recall a mate telling me about a plod from Merseyside who had won multiple awards for crime clearup.
His crimebusting technique was to go around the local supermarkets and for each vehicle he found parked in a disabled bay without the appropriate badge, perform a check on it. This invariably netted the odd stolen vehicle, uninsured driver, owner with an outstanding warrant, stuff like that.
$35 million and can't afford an iPad?
That's the Apple prices, for you!
Press Release from the MPAA and RIAA
We are very pleased that such a dangerous criminal gang has been caught. The damage to children that could have been caused had these drugs hit the streets is incalculable. In a joint investigation with the police we found that these drug dealers also had a number of illegally downloaded films and music on their personal computers and mobile phones. This proves conclusively the link between piracy and violent crime. Obviously these people started their life of crime by downloading movies and music which acted as a 'gateway' crime leading them into bigger harder crimes which ultimately led to a multi-million dollar drug operation. This is why we campaign so hard for the maximum penalties against illegal downloaders and we feel that damages of $1000 per download x number of people on the planet is a fair punishment because terrorists and drug dealers have all that money just lying around. Piracy is a terrible crime and must be stamped out before more of our nations children become exposed to drug pushers like this. If you don't support us in this fight then you are with the terrorists who want to destroy our nation. Terrorists grow drugs which they give to the pushers to process and sell. Do you want your children growing up and running a meth lab and being told what to do by terrorists? Do you? Be Patriotic, fight the pirates and keep our streets clean by preventing future drug dealers.