Some drug dealers are using President Donald Trump’s likeness and brand to sell their illegal product.
An Indiana State Police news release announced “Operation Blue Anvil,” a six-day saturation patrol along U.S. 31 in Miami and Fulton counties. The operation netted 129 criminal arrests on 272 different drug-related charges, police said.
Drugs seized by police during the operating included cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamine, marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, edible marijuana food, prescription medication, numerous drugs that have yet to be identified, as well what police described as “Trump-shaped ecstasy pills.”
They are orange and stamped with a face. On the back are the words “great again,” an apparent reference to Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” according to the Associated Press.
Drug dealers frequently produce uniquely shaped or colored drugs as a marketing technique to encourage buyers to return for more. For example, heroin and Angel Dust dealers have for years named their product after popular movies, like “Sudden Impact" and “Lethal Weapon.”
Friday’s release doesn’t provide many other details, including how many of the pills were seized, but police did say in addition to drugs officers seized drug paraphernalia.
The six-day operation in June involved the Indiana state troopers and cops from nine police departments across north central Indiana, the Indiana State Police news release said. Officers used marked as well as unmarked vehicles and K-9 units.
“The goal,” the news release said, “was to enforce traffic laws and catch individuals who utilize Indiana roadways to transport and distribute illegal narcotics. U.S. 31 was chosen because a large volume of motorists utilize the road to travel through the heart of northern Indiana.
“This is the eighth straight year we have organized summer driving season kickoff patrols,” Indiana State Police Sergeant Dan Prus, who organized and oversaw the patrols, was quoted saying in the news release. “The patrols should also serve as a warning that police officers will utilize all of the resources at their disposal to catch and arrest the few who transport illegal drugs.”
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