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Invisibleveggie

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Psychedelic drug disguised as Valentine's candy
    #3756134 - 02/09/05 03:25 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Psychedelic drug disguised as Valentine's candy
Feb. 9, 2005
Houston Chronicle

AMARILLO - Authorities doubt Cupid had any part in the 9 pounds of heart-shaped candies discovered during a traffic stop.

The candies, found Monday by Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, tested positive for psilocybin, a psychedelic drug extracted from a mushroom of the same name.

The estimated value of the faux Valentine's Day chocolate was more than $408,000, DPS officials said in a news release.

The troopers found the candy in a plastic bag after stopping a San Francisco man's 2005 Toyota Corolla on Interstate 40 about three miles west of Amarillo.

Craig Allen Moreland, 30, was arrested and taken to the Potter County Detention Center on drug charges, the release said.


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Re: Psychedelic drug disguised as Valentine's candy [Re: veggie]
    #3756185 - 02/09/05 03:39 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Why can't I get a "happy Valentines" like that?


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Re: Psychedelic drug disguised as Valentine's candy [Re: veggie]
    #3756212 - 02/09/05 03:48 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

This is a seriously fucked up world when people can get their lives taken away from them for some natural substance. There were probably 3 sexual predators that rubber-necked their way past the bust. That pisses me off!! :mad2: :thumbdown:


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Re: Psychedelic drug disguised as Valentine's candy [Re: veggie]
    #3756336 - 02/09/05 04:11 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Yup, $354.16 for 1/8 is usually about what I pay.


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Re: Psychedelic drug disguised as Valentine's candy [Re: namaste]
    #3756344 - 02/09/05 04:13 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

damn you got a good hookup, i cant even mention prices like that


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Re: Psychedelic drug disguised as Valentine's candy [Re: veggie]
    #3756389 - 02/09/05 04:24 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Yeah, let's think about that "estimated value" (seems more like a "pulled-out-of-my-ass value").

9lbs. of chocolates is 144oz is 4032 grams. Lets say each chocolate weighs 8 grams, plus 2 grams of mushrooms each. That's 10 grams per chocolate. So that's about 400 chocolates. Even if they sold each chocolate at $30 (which would be an outrageous price around here), they would only make $12,000.

Even if the authorities used to weight of the chocolate instead of the mushrooms in the chocolate.... they say a pound of mushrooms is valued near $1800. So 9 X $1800 still only equals $16,200.

Where in the hell did they get an "estimated value" of $408,000?!


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Re: Psychedelic drug disguised as Valentine's candy [Re: veggie]
    #3756585 - 02/09/05 05:09 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I wonder what the original charges were to take them to jail and test the chocolates. "Hrmm, you got a lot of chocolate here, boy. Nobody likes chocolate this much, i think we need to take you to jail."

I would have just offered the cop one and been on my way.


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Re: Psychedelic drug disguised as Valentine's candy [Re: d33p]
    #3756663 - 02/09/05 05:24 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Y'all are basing your prices on 9 pounds of MUSHROOMS but it sounds like this is an extract, not just shroom powder.


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Re: Psychedelic drug disguised as Valentine's candy [Re: guest23]
    #3756854 - 02/09/05 05:55 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

No, I highly doubt it's an extract. And yeah, as I was reading the article, the 408,000 bucks for 9 pounds somehow didn't click. It's nothing new though. Back during the Nixon era, cocaine for example, was sold with cutting agents very often. Something that was not uncommon was for someone to be arrested, lets say with 1oz coke, and 2oz cutting agent (yeah, a rip off, but I digress), and then somehow, magically between being arrested and the station, it would all magically transform into cocaine. That sounds like what's happened here. Somewhere between the highway and the police station, the 9lbs of chocolates magically turned into super high potency pure dried mushrooms or something.

Also, law enforcement has a nasty tendency to GREATLY inflate the 'estimated street price' because that way it alarms the public more and justifies the war on drugs as well as more funding for it.

The War on Drugs has failed miserably. Someday, hopefully, the world will realize this.


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Re: Psychedelic drug disguised as Valentine's candy [Re: dblaney]
    #3758500 - 02/09/05 10:29 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

They should be required to post estimates of the street value of drugs that haven't been confiscated by them. Do a side by side for the public of the % of the market they put a dent in.


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Re: Psychedelic drug disguised as Valentine's candy [Re: dblaney]
    #3758535 - 02/09/05 10:34 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

9 lbs = 9*16 = 144 oz * 28 = 4032 grams. The $408,000 estimate is based on a price of $100/gram.


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Re: Psychedelic drug disguised as Valentine's candy [Re: phi1618]
    #3758667 - 02/09/05 10:56 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

i say the shroomery should subcontract out somebody to the associated press so they can get their drug facts corret.


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Re: Psychedelic drug disguised as Valentine's candy [Re: phi1618]
    #3758669 - 02/09/05 10:56 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

This was powdered shrooms, not an extract of some sort. Just answering whoever asked that earlier.


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Re: Psychedelic drug disguised as Valentine's candy [Re: phi1618]
    #3758699 - 02/09/05 11:01 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

phi1618 said:
9 lbs = 9*16 = 144 oz * 28 = 4032 grams. The $408,000 estimate is based on a price of $100/gram.




SHIT! I need to move to Texas and sell mushrooms! Oh wait, I am in Texas! I need to move to Amarillo and sell mushrooms, Oh wait I am not that far from Amarillo and no one wants mushrooms. I need to sell my mushrooms to the Texas Department of Public Safety troopers  :grin: They seem to be willing to pay more than anyone else! Heck Ill cut them a deal like they get at the local restaurants, 50% off!

Oh no! They got Craig Moreland, Well crap they already have my mushrooms! :lol:


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Re: Psychedelic drug disguised as Valentine's candy [Re: Cyber]
    #3759669 - 02/10/05 01:41 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

yeah, the estimated value is ALWAYs inflated. That way at the end of the year they can say they too a billion in drugs off the streets, when in fact they took maybe $150 mill.

This is way more inflated than I have every seen in though. Pretty crazy. And it was mushroom chocolates I do believe. Which may go for $40-50 a piece if it contains over an 1/8th and is in a place of high demand. I have seen people pay $40, I am sure i could find people willing to pay $50 for chocolates. Still, that is WAY over inflated.

I can't find a link but they busted some guy in Australia with 3 million X tablets that they valued at over $150 million US. That is $50 a pill, which is more than double the retail value. Not ot mention that for the guy to sell them at retail (not even $50 each) he would have to sell to atleast 1.5 million people. When in reality he would more than likely sell them by 10 jugs or something for $20k each, so it is more like $6 mill value for him wholesale, about $60 mill retail.


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Re: Psychedelic drug disguised as Valentine's candy [Re: veggie]
    #3762727 - 02/10/05 06:01 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

those are some expensive candies!!

9lbs * 16 ounces = 144 ounces

$408,000 / 144 ounces = $2,833.33 per ounce

$2,833 / 28 grams per ounce = $101 per gram.

damn, if i could sell 1/8 ounce of shrooms per week i wouldn't need a job!! lol...fucking stupid pigs.

EDIT: opps...looks like we had similar non-believers already making the calculations. lol.


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Edited by TODAY (02/10/05 06:02 PM)


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