Drug Policy

Drug Dealers Reportedly Dress As Pink Rabbits to Infiltrate Schoolyards

|

On Friday I received a "legislative alert" from the Texas PTA about "a new drug known as 'strawberry quick'" that "smells like strawberry" and "is being handed out to kids in school yards." The message itself has a distinctive odor, more reminiscent of a barnyard than of a berry patch:

There is a very scary thing going on in the schools right now that we all need to be aware of. 

There is a type of crystal meth going around that looks like strawberry pop rocks (the candy that sizzles and "pops" in your mouth). It also smells like strawberry and it is being handed out to kids in school yards. They are calling it strawberry meth or strawberry quick. 

Kids are ingesting this thinking that it is candy and are being rushed off to the hospital in dire condition. It also comes in chocolate, peanut butter, cola, cherry, grape and orange. 

Please instruct your children not to accept candy from strangers—not even candy that looks like this from a friend (who may have been given it and believed it is candy). They should take any of this "candy" that they may have to a teacher, principal or parent immediately.

Pass this email on to as many people as you can (even if they don't have kids) so that we can raise awareness and hopefully prevent any tragedies from occurring. 

A person of ordinary intelligence, even if he did not know about the extensive debunking of the "candy-flavored meth" story that has been done by Snopes.com, by Bob Curley at Join Together, and even by the Drug Enforcement Administration, would have to wonder: How does a drug dealer benefit by tricking little kids into thinking that methamphetamine is candy? How likely is it that a sixth-grader, having been "rushed off to the hospital in dire condition" after ingesting "strawberry quick," will want to repeat the experience? Assuming that such (unreported and undocumented) incidents are an unintended result of a marketing strategy aimed at people who know they are buying speed, how much sense does it make to flavor a drug that people typically snort or smoke?

The Texas PTA is not alone in passing along these rumors. The legislative alert includes a link to an undated Fox News story that asks:

Have you heard of "Strawberry Quick?" It's not a kid's drink—it's a kid's methamphetamine. Drug dealers mix meth with Kool-Aid in an attempt to make it look and taste better. And again, there's the snappy name. While Strawberry Quick hasn't made a big splash in Dallas [thanks to the Texas PTA's vigilance, presumably], it is gaining ground in other parts of the country….Anyone who's seen a meth addict, with their scabbed skin and rotting teeth, knows what a con "Strawberry Quick" is.

The Fox story quotes a DEA agent in Dallas who confirms that drug dealers are "looking for a new consumer" and that "good marketing" helps but who does not actually mention strawberry meth (let alone "chocolate, peanut butter, cola, cherry, grape and orange" meth). The January issue of the DEA newsletter Microgram noted that "'flavored methamphetamine' (most notably 'strawberry meth') has received extensive and often alarmist coverage in the mass media over the past two years." But with the exception of a single grape-smelling sample tested by a DEA lab in late 2008, which included "tiny purple specks" that may have been "bits of a grape flavored candy or lollipop," the agency has not been able to confirm the existence of anything like a bright pink, strawberry-flavored substance produced by mixing meth with drink powder, let alone found that it is "gaining ground" anywhere. Naturally, that fact has not stopped members of Congress from trying to ban it.

According to the government-sponsored Monitoring the Future Study (PDF), by the way, meth use among eighth-graders has been falling since the survey started asking about it in 1999.

NEXT: All the President's Mendacity

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. A person of ordinary intelligence…

    Is that anything like “common”sense?

    1. A person of ‘ordinary’ intelligence believes every word, or these false scares wouldn’t convince enough voters to be worth it.

  2. how much sense does it make to flavor a drug that people typically snort or smoke?

    I don’t like cocaine, I just love how it smells.

    1. You Too !!!

  3. This reminds me of the big scares in the 70’s and 80’s, where there were supposedly LSD-laced stamps and tattoos given to kids. Again, wouldn’t a bad experience turn OFF the kids and their friends, and therefore make it bad for the drug trade?

    Never did see one of those stamps or tattoos first hand, BTW.

    1. “Again, wouldn’t a bad experience turn OFF the kids”

      Did for me. Back in 1971, when I was 14, I unwittingly ingested two hits of strawberry barrel acid. Having never been high before, it completely freaked me out. Probably didn’t even drink a beer until I was in my mid-twenties as a result.

      1. SAVE THE CHILDREN! GIVE THEM DRUGS!

  4. Even if they said it was guys dressed in pink bunny suits handing out strawberry flavored crack in candy wrappers on every school yard in America and that you can’t actually see the pink bunny guys because they wear invisibility cloaks that only allow 8 year olds and narcotics officers to see them… that story would be still be more believable than fixing AGW with a cap and trade scheme, yet people swallow that story hook, line, and sinker.

  5. Sullum, you’re so full of shit. I just ran out and scored some strawberry flavored Nestle Quick and snorted it right there in the grocery store parking lot and that was five minutes ago and I still don’t feel any different. (Although now everything does smell like strawberries.)

    1. That’s nothing, it’s also sold in liquid form! It’s great for dunking the Chips Ahoy shaped heroin in.

  6. “It also comes in chocolate, peanut butter, cola, cherry, grape and orange.”

    Atleast the imaginary drug dealers understand that people like to have choices, unlike healthcare supporting democrats…

  7. At first I thought the “legislative alert” was probably just another way for the nanny’s at the PTA to suggest that all flavored drinks are dangerous. You know, like “It’s sugary! It’ll rot your teeth! It’s just as bad as meth!” But then it dawned on me that they were serious.

    Seems to me like an updated version of the “dangerous Halloween candy” myths of yore.

    Growing up, I never knew anyone who had a needle or razor blade stuck in their Halloween candy, but I heard plenty of “stories” about it.

  8. Microgram Bulletin is one of my favorite digital periodicals.Highly recommended.

    My ex-GF gets these type of emails daily at her (State Gov) place of employment. Drugs ,Satanism, street gang initiations that require raping female state employees, all sorts of crazy urban legend/moral panic stuff.The emails are from her supervisors sent through the state email system.She works for Social Services.I was not at all shocked or surprised to learn of this.

  9. Pass this email on to as many people as you can

    Anyone of “ordinary intelligence” knows that any email that urges the recipient to “send to as many people as you can” is always bunk. If it was completely up to me, I’d fire on the spot anyone working here who forwards one of those emails. Not because it’s a misuse of company email (though it is) but because it reveals them to be too stupid to trust with anything important.

    1. see my comment above
      you can’t fire government employees
      thats where this stuff breeds

          1. Dude, lay off the Strawberry Quick. You are losing your sense of direction.

            Yo Ahab, can I bum my doobage?
            -name that movie for 5 freedoms points for the day-

            1. Breakfast Club

          2. Whoa – it’s, like, above, you know, like, spatially… but, like, maybe it’s really below, temporally. Whoa, I’m like all cosmic and shit. That’s… that’s fucked up, dude. Gimme another hit of that pink shit, I gotta ask the rabbit something.

            1. Like how to remember to close my god-damned italic tags. Sigh…

  10. Never did see one of those stamps or tattoos first hand, BTW.

    They were referring to blotter acid.I saw it all the time.Perforated sheets of paper with 100 small stamp-like Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerers Apprentice, Felix the Cat, Smurfs etc.

    1. When I was in high school Beavis & Butthead was quite popular (and really low quality). I had some X-men ones tha twere freaking amazing though.

      Funny how it gets disconnected in the context of “ways to get kids to do acid.”

    2. I remember seeing some Donald Duck blotter at a dealer’s apartment once. He wasn’t selling to any kids, but he did make some money off of the Disney lawyers who dropped off the Cease & Desist letters.

    3. Ok, now I recall hearing about those. Like blotter acid, this story assumes.
      1)Drugs actually need to taste “yummy” for people to be interested in them.
      2)If a kid consumes any amount of any drug, they become instantly addicted.

  11. When are we simply going to outlaw kids so we don’t have these constant scares, product recalls, underage sex scandals, autism, baggy low riding pants, traffic accidents, poor school test scores, etc. etc.? And getting rid of non-adults would save big on the carbon footprint too.

    1. I think you are on to something here…

    2. Its part of the whole transhuman movement.

      Once we’re practically immortal, kids will become a novelty instead of a necessity.

  12. Naturally, that fact has not stopped members of Congress from trying to ban it.

    Meh. I *am* somewhat surprised that no one (that I know of, anyway) has tried to ban flavored lube, condoms, etc.

    1. Please italicize the first line.

      For the children. 😉

    2. I think that attempting to craft legislation based on a chain email should be grounds for being impeached.

      1. I think that attempting to craft legislation based on a chain email should be grounds for being impeached impaled.

  13. Drugs are bad, mm’kay?

    Just like there being a child predator behind every blade of grass, there are “drug dealers” under every fallen leaf. I am really not a misanthropist, but 99% of people become fucking retarded after they have kids, and frankly, I can’t control my contempt. It’s one thing to be a little protective, but going FULL RETARD is unacceptable.

    1. I thought the phrase was “going full metal retard”.

    2. The more conspicuously you hate and fear these omnipresent child predators, the more you love your kid. Then that love travels on a rainbow to make the whole world safe. Duh.

      1. Unicorns were part of the process too, i just forget how.

  14. You must be watching too much anime.

    1. Hentai, you racist.

  15. Ooh, wait ’till I get that wabbit! – Congressfudd

  16. You have to have a license to own a dog, but any asshole can have a kid.

    1. You’re doing it the wrong way.

  17. Pass this email on to as many people as you can

    The sign of pure bunkum. If you see that phrase you know that the entire email is bullshit. Especially if it talking about Obama’s birf certithicates.

  18. …99% of people become fucking retarded after they have kids…

    But I need a fascist state to protect my kids!!

  19. These stories always crack me up. Like there are drug dealers out there thinking up ways to get children hooked in order to increase market share. At the very worst, they stand on a street corner and just offer it to whomever walks past.

    I think Chris Rock said it best:
    “Drug dealers don’t sell drugs. Drugs sell themselves. It’s crack. It’s not an encyclopedia. It’s not a f**king vacuum cleaner. You don’t really gotta try to sell crack. Ok?

    I’ve never heard a crack dealer going “Man, how am I gonna get rid of all this crack?!”

    1. I’ve never heard a crack dealer going “Man, how am I gonna get rid of all this crack?!”

      Yep, never see a “year end inventory reduction sale” on coke, that’s for sure.

      “Everything must go! No reasonable offers refused! Get kingpin cash back on all 8-ball purchases!”

  20. Don’t you people understand? Drug dealers are not rational beings who are trying to maximize profits by creating return customers rather than dead kids; they are soldiers in Satan’s army who take special pleasure in devising elaborate Wile E. Coyote schemes to hurt children with the things children love, like bunnies and artificial flavors. The fact that strawberry Quik meth makes absolutely no sense is only proof of how diabolical drugs really are!

  21. Back in the early seventies, when I was in sixth and seventh grade, I looked long and hard for these pushers who were giving out free dope. I never had any luck.

  22. And the DARE program introduced in 6th grade, made me want to actually find this stuff that would make me see cool things and feel funny!

  23. News from DEA, News Releases, 05/04/06 May 4, 2006 ? Natali Medina Cisneros, 31, of Woodside, Source:
    http://www.justice.gov/dea/pub…..50406.html ?

    That sucks, because Woodside is such a nice place, and
    Natali Medina Cisneros was living with Jennifer Gilbert, the daughter of the well known, Bill and Lee Ann Gilbert of Woodside, on their Woodside property, when he was busted by FBI/DEA. Medina cisneros is currently serving time in federal prison. He had made many runs to mexico, where he has family ties, before his arrest. It looks like drug dealers are getting smarter these days. They look for vulnerable, wealthy, American families who have obtuse, needy daughters.

    Another Gilbert girl has a child with Kasi Pohahau, who was involved in SAME criminal organization with Natali Medina Cisneros and who is also serving time in prison. The Gilbert’s own like half of the town of Woodside, and these drug dealers probably saw a good in when they found the two stupid daughters. Wow. Sounds like these two daughters didn’t think about anyone but themselves when it came to protecting their parents or their family property! Good lesson for all who have kids and have property! Be careful who you let your adult children bring around! They may be drug dealers: and have ties to Mexico and other places where they mule drugs, like Hawaii…..Yikes.

    More on natali medina cisneros and kasi pohahau:
    Drug sting nets seven county residents May 6, 2006? Rafael Ramirez, 36, and Humberto Barraza, 28, of San Mateo; Jason Marx, 26, of San Carlos; and Natali Medina Cisneros, 31, of Woodside. ?
    http://www.smdailyjournal.com/…..p?id=58334 ?
    Jennifer Gilbert-soto (jennifer Gilbert) has a baby with natali medina cisneros and lived and worked with him for years. She also volunteered with November coalition in some anti-drug war liberal organiaztion, just shows you how incredibly phony these girlfriends of drug dealers are, they are usually weak, compromised girls who live in a fantasy world. Looks like these drug dealers know how to spot a good thing when they see it. More and more, they are finding daughters of wealthy American families to hook up with and play the “good guy” role. Problem is if the family doesn’t see it, they find themselves in a very compromised situation. How terribly sad.

  24. simple wedding dresses from http://geebird.com/simple-wedd…..c-150.html

    beach wedding dresses from http://geebird.com/beach-weddi…..c-152.html

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.