NUTS! COPS USE HOLIDAY TREAT IN DRUG STING
Robbins police added their own Christmas cheer to a drug bust Wednesday night -- selling macadamia nuts as rocks of crack for $20.
The reverse sting has been done before, but not with Christmas treats, Detective Sgt. Terrance Franklin said.
"We always use the peanut,'' Franklin said. "This time, we wanted to get into the holiday spirit.''
The macadamia nut was inside a small, sealed plastic bag.
Twenty people were arrested after attempting to buy the nuts in the 13500 block of Woodlawn, he said.
One officer was injured in the sting after one of the alleged buyers tried to get away, Franklin said. In the struggle, the officer fell and broke his leg in two places.
Franklin said he hopes the misdemeanor charges of attempting to possess drugs will do two things: Make people afraid to go to Robbins to feed their drug habit and encourage users to get help.
Franklin said most of the buyers were not from Robbins, but southwest suburbs, including Orland Park and Tinley Park.
Among the buyers, he said, was a Frankfort homemaker who took her 3-year-old child along, a former grammar school teacher, a college student, a woman willing to pawn her husband's watch and wedding ring, and teenagers.
"Crack cocaine is a bad thing,'' Franklin said. "We want them to seek out and get some help.''