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Man caught trying to smuggle LSD worth up to $2.5m into prison

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  1. chillinwill
    A man has been arrested trying to smuggle up to 50,000 doses of the psychedelic drug lysergic acid (LSD), worth up to $2.5m, into an Auckland prison.

    The man turned up at Auckland Regional Women's and Spring Hill Corrections Facilities in November asking to visit an inmate, the Department of Corrections said today.
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    He was searched by staff who found him in possession of 2.476 grams of almost pure LSD powder, cannabis and utensils for using it, and thousands of dollars in New Zealand and foreign currency.

    Police were alerted.

    The amount of the drug found could be used to make 50,000 LSD tabs with a street value of between $1 million and $2.5 million, Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Lynch said.

    "This is a very significant find, and shows the great work done by Corrections staff in intercepting the drugs.

    "Had they (the drugs) made their way into the hands of the unsuspecting it could have been dangerous, given the powder's ability to be absorbed by skin.


    "LSD 'tabs', or acid, have a well documented history of being responsible for causing severe and frightening hallucinations, or even contributing to mental illnesses such as schizophrenia."

    Prison manager Agnes Robertson said she was proud of her staff and drug dogs which searched the man and found the haul.

    "This is a fantastic result - not just for staff that were involved, but for our community in general.

    "Drugs and crime have a very strong link, and acid is a scary drug in terms of the effect it can have on those who choose to take it.

    "I am very pleased that my staff have been involved in its removal from circulation and that they are assisting police in prosecuting the man."

    The man is facing two charges of possession of drugs.

    December 23, 2009
    New Zealand Herald
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10617225

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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    $2.5m Pure LSD Seizure Credit To Corrections

    Police have praised Corrections staff from Auckland Regional Women's and Spring Hill Corrections Facilities for their part in the interception of up to $2.5 million dollars worth of the class A drug lysergic acid.

    "In November we were asked to attend the Prison to speak with a man who was at the site to pick up a form to apply to visit a prisoner," says Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Lynch.

    "The man had been searched by Corrections staff and was allegedly found with a number of drugs and utensils and thousands of New Zealand dollars and foreign currency in his possession. He was questioned, allegedly admitted the items belonged to him and was subsequently arrested. He faces two charges of possessing a Class A drugs for Supply and two charges of possessing Class C drugs for supply.

    "To prepare for the man's appearance in court, we had the drugs tested by Environmental Science and Research (ESR). They informed us that amongst the drugs alleged to have been in the man's possession was 2.476 grams of almost pure lysergic acid powder. This form of LSD has not been detected previously in New Zealand. Apart from the effects of the actual drug, ESR also advise that this powder is very hazardous as it can be readily absorbed through the skin.

    "The presumptive quantity for dealing LSD is 2.5 milligrams - meaning the amount the man possessed could be used to make 50,000 LSD tabs with a street value of between $1 - $2.5 million. This is a very significant find, and shows the great work done by Corrections staff in intercepting the drugs.

    "Had they made their way into the hands of the unsuspecting it could have been dangerous given the powders' ability to be absorbed by skin, and LSD 'tabs', or acid, have a well documented history of being responsible for causing severe and frightening hallucinations, or even contributing to mental illnesses such as schizophrenia.

    Prison Manager Agnes Robertson was also proud of the staff and drug dogs who were responsible for searching the man.

    "This is a fantastic result - not just for staff that were involved, but for our community in general. Drugs and crime have a very strong link, and acid is a scary drug in terms of the effect it can have on those who choose to take it. I am very pleased that my staff have been involved in its removal from circulation and that they are assisting Police in prosecuting the man.

    "The message is quite clear. Don't bring contraband onto our sites. We carry out very thorough searches. You will be searched and you will be caught."


    http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/25m-pure-lsd-seizure-credit-corrections/5/34183
  2. Nnizzle
    Why did he have it on him? Obviously he is going to get searched at a GD prison! 2.5 grams is way too much for a prison am I right?
  3. Electric Wizard
    You are right indeed, there's so much there perhaps they were gonna try poison the guards or something. :s
  4. Coconut
    Wrong.

    Wrong again.
  5. podge
    50,000 doses to supply a prison population ? And in crystal form ? This is a very bizarre case. I just googled the prison in question and it has 650 beds for prisoners and 266 staff members, assuming every prisoner and staff member is taking LSD then this 50 doses per person. And realistically most people have no interest in psychedelics so its likely only a small fraction of the prison population will actually be the main customer base. Serious risk handling these doses inside a prison. Swim thinks it would have been far safer to dip the inmates mail in LSD and divide it up into separate doses as opposed to carrying that much LSD crystal around at once.
  6. Raoul duke420
    Strange indeed, tripping in prison would totally suck, in swims opinion. :( sad to see any amount of LSD siezed tho, especially 2grams of crystal!
  7. kalishakti
    I don't think dogs are trained to alert on LSD (anyone know otherwise?) ... if he hadn't tried bringing in some marijuana (and assuming he hadn't smoked prior to his "visit"), he'd probably have gotten in and out just fine (not that I am suggesting this is an intelligent thing to try). 50 mic hits... is that standard now (pathetic!)?

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  8. w//e
    Perhaps since theres nothing better to do in prison they wanted a 'Merry Christmas'?
  9. 3!NSTEiN
    This is very bizarre indeed! A friend told swim that in jail and prison time goes by really slow. It makes curious what this person's intentions were.
  10. EyesOfTheWorld
    Realistically it is impossible to be in possession of large amounts of crystal, or present during the manufacturing process, without being constantly high, due to the microgram doses freely floating in the air. SWIM used to "know" when the serious quantities showed up on Dead lot as his consciousness actually shifted momentarily when those in possession of crystal walked by. He'd be laying sheets inevitably within an hour, this intuition never served him wrong.
    Anyway, this genius was probably tripping so hard he thought it was perfectly reasonable to march into the prison to see his buddy with 2.476 grams on him:confused:. SWIMs done some stupid shit while tripping, like realizing he brought the seperately bagged pounds of mushrooms and molly with him when going to Kinkos to FedEx a ten pack, but this really wins the prize. Never mind that one prison, that much L could spin the entire adult population of NZ at least once.
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