The Washington Post reporter covering this story seems unaware that drug dealers often name their heroin “brands” with pop culture references – I remember in the ’90s there was, famously, Bart Simpson heroin, Super Mario heroin, New Jack City heroin, “Just Say No” heroin, and for a brief period (I’m not making this up) Michael Alig heroin.
In an article entitled “Florida heroin bust reveals something bizarre: Drugs covered in Donald Trump’s face“:
Florida law enforcement officials announced this week that there’s a new name for the deadly drug: “Donald Trump.”
After a six-month investigation into local drug dealing, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office last month confiscated 5,500 heroin packages, some of which included an image of the president’s face and name, according to NBC affiliate WFLA.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, addressing the media at the Hernando County Emergency Operations Center on Friday, was not amused, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
“All I want to say to this drug dealer is, ‘Big mistake by putting the president’s picture on this,’ ” said Bondi. “Big mistake. Because he is going to be our most fierce advocate in taking this junk off of our streets. Can you believe this? Big mistake.”
She added: “I’m going to make sure [Trump] gets one of these packages when the case is all over to put in the Oval Office to remind him of all the good he’s doing.”
There is every reason to believe she will, too.
Bondi is, of course, rather chummy with the President, after he bought her off with an illegal campaign contribution that stopped her from investigating fraud allegations against Trump University.
The heroin bust — the largest in county history, according to Sheriff Al Nienhuis — also turned up heroin-filled envelopes named after Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. Some bore the name of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the notorious Mexican drug kingpin. Most of the drugs were seized Jan. 27, the Times reported, but authorities didn’t know why they were labeled with different faces.
Was it a political message? A joke?
Nobody can be sure.
Well, I can. It’s just business as usual, and drug use 101.
Here are a few examples of heroin brands: