Thursday, June 15, 2006


"Medicine Cabinets" Is Right!

This brings up a moral dilemma that was more pressing some years back than it is today. What does one do about this? I guess I’d return it to the store, let them act as intermediaries with the cops.

Twenty years ago, I’d have gone into a panic. All that free dope! And someone was going to be trying to find it...Like a movie plot. Of course, for all those drugs, the somebody trying to find it would be out with friends and guns. Glad I never had to be in that situation...

I wonder if this has helped business at Home Depot stores.

Drugs found in Home Depot store cabinets
6/14/2006, 2:39 p.m. PT
The Associated Press
SOUTHWICK, Mass. (AP) — For the fifth time in a week, a stash of drugs was found in a cabinet at a Home Depot store in Massachusetts or discovered after the fixture was brought home.

A plumber in Southwick discovered 40 pounds of marijuana and three kilograms of cocaine stashed in a bathroom vanity he'd purchased at a Home Depot in Chicopee.

A second stash was found at that store and at least two more were discovered at a Tewksbury Home Depot, Southwick Police Lt. David Ricardi said. One of the Tewksbury stashes was discovered June 8 after a homeowner brought home a cabinet and found 50 pounds of marijuana.

Police also found drugs in a fifth cabinet. Ricardi would not say where or when it was discovered but said it was within the last week.

"It's a smuggling operation gone bad," Ricardi said. "Somebody owes some money."

Ricardi said the plumber discovered the drugs on Monday after he bought the vanity for a home renovation. The man noticed the vanity top hadn't been included in the package and instead found two plastic bags containing the drugs. Ricardi said the drugs are worth $200,000.

Tony Pettigrew, a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration, said Wednesday that his agency was investigating, but declined further comment.

Atlanta-based Home Depot said it was cooperating with investigators.

Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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