January 25, 2009
Police seize ‘Obama’ brand heroin
Police in upstate New York have seized heroin marketed in packages stamped with an
Obama brand name.
Sullivan County Undersheriff Eric Claboty described the misuse of the new president's surname as
an absolute disgrace, the New York Daily News reported.
Most of the heroin packets had
Obama stamped on them in red ink.
The Smoking Gun Web site, which headlined the story
The Audacity of Dope, pointed out that drug dealers are fond of brands and frequently misappropriate names for them. Over the years, police have seized bin Laden heroin, Harry Potter Ecstasy and even cocaine branded as Teletubbies, a TV show aimed at toddlers.
Heroin dealers occasionally use seasonal themes as well, like drugs colored green around St. Patrick's Day.