When it rains, it pours. A man may have thought he was pulling a fast one by allegedly packaging a white powder and trying to pass it off as cocaine. However, he was arrested this week in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, when it turned out the people he allegedly sold a white powder -- something that looked like cocaine but wasn't -- weren't actual drug buyers but undercover police officers.
If the man thought he would be spared because the substance wasn't actually cocaine, he was wrong. He was arraigned on four charges, two for each of the alleged transactions that took place: two counts of delivery of a counterfeit controlled substance -- the fake cocaine -- and two counts of criminal use of a communication facility, which alleges he used a device such as a phone or a computer to arrange the drug buys.
Police say the deals went down in the parking lot of a convenience store. The incidents took place a day apart because authorities wanted to verify the veracity of the drug. Because it turned out to be artificial, the man was charged with the counterfeit controlled substance charges.
The man has seemingly already been convicted in the court of public opinion. He was noted to have had a prior drug conviction on his record, to have admitted to being a gang member and to have two gang-related tattoos. However, such items are not indicative of the man's guilt in this case. It will be up to the 23-year-old's attorneys to try to remind people of that fact.
Source: phillyburbs.com, "Man jailed on drug charges," Sept. 7, 2012