Crack Pipes Sold in Vending Machines on Long Island
The latest breaking news in Suffolk County, Long Island, is now about to break glass instead. Reports have been issued regarding the recent discovery of glass crack pipe vending machines disguised as pen dispensers throughout the town of Brookhaven. Officials in Brookhaven have located three such machines and are investigating who put them there and determining if it is, in fact, illegal to sell the smoke screened pens.
Brookhaven police and Town Councilman Michael Loguercio have stated that although the pens and pipes alone are not illegal to sell it is the intention of use that is illegal. “To sell a pipe is not illegal, but this is considered drug paraphernalia,” Additionally, the councilman noted the lesser concern, although important, is that the so-called pens are “being dispensed from a machine that was installed illegally per town code.”
Pen Vending Machines Selling Crack Pipes on Long Island
So far three machines have been located. One in an apartment complex on Route 112 in Medford, another in Coram in front of the Coram Commons shopping center on Middle Country Road. The third machine labeled “S-PENS,” in front of a Home Depot also in Coram.
All three machines have been removed and are under investigation pending criminal charges by the Suffolk County Police Department. Residents of Brookhaven are disgusted and wonder what could happen next in terms of how far drug dealers and addicts will go to get their drugs and drug paraphernalia.
This discovery highlights the reality of drug addiction and illegal drug activity on Long Island. Residents are concerned because the machines resemble a harmless stamp dispenser in the post office. Children could have easily become interested in them. Another worry for the community could be whether there is more drug activity in those neighborhoods than they were aware of.
Fortunately, active community members of Brookhaven acted when they discovered what the pen machines really were. One man was seen smashing the dispenser with a sledgehammer and another took video of the machine and posted it on Facebook before showing it to the police.
The mystery of who was brazen enough to install the crack pipe dispensers disguised as a pen machine for $2.00 in quarters is a huge concern. However, the bigger concern is what will be next?
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