TSA finds LSD in Iced Tea containers

By chillinwill · Aug 19, 2009 · ·
  1. chillinwill
    Each and every day, our officers discover a variety of prohibited items, most of them routine in nature. But sometimes a "good catch" really stands out, speaking volumes about the great work our Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) are doing.

    On Aug. 4 at Long Beach (Calif.) Daugherty Field Airport, a supposedly factory-sealed, plastic-wrapped case of 12 ice tea bottles alarmed the CTX Explosive Detection Systems (EDS), requiring a physical inspection from a TSO. Closely scrutinizing the bottles, he determined they had been tampered with.

    Some were unusually heavy and many contained a very dark liquid - so dark that it would not typically be recognized as ice tea. The TSO then used an Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) machine – and the reading came back positive for nitroglycerin. The Long Beach Airport Safety Office and the Long Beach Police Department were notified and quickly responded.

    It was determined that the bottles were full of a substance called purple haze – a type of LSD also known as “acid.” As it turns out, the case of tea belonged to one passenger, but her travelling companion took responsibility. Long Beach Police charged him with transportation of a narcotic or controlled substance.

    "It was just textbook," said Charisse Still, TSA Training Coordinator at the airport. "Our officers did exactly what they were supposed to do to mitigate the threat."

    "We're very proud of our TSOs and our Supervisory TSOs. They are dynamic individuals and have some real talent," said Federal Security Director Nancy Baggott. "I would definitely expect this type of performance."

    August 6, 2009
    Transportation Security Administration

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  1. Holyweed
    Wish I could find those at the supermarket. ;P
  2. Terrapinzflyer
    anyone have any info on why these would have tripped explosive detectors or tested positive for nitroglycerin :s ???
  3. runitsthepolice
    Also what is "purple haze" and how is it a type of LSD?
  4. chinpokomaster
    There are no types of LSD. Acid is a slang name for LSD. Purple Haze is a strain of cannabis.
  5. Coconut
    Shoddy journalism, but that's not surprising. Perhaps it was a reference to the name of the blotter given by its chemist.

    Still, I can't fathom why someone would give the name Purple Haze to LSD.
  6. chinpokomaster
    I think they like to mish-mash terminology together so that people associate every drug. Helps perpetuate their "no such thing as a safe drug" shite.
  7. Frond
    Wow, thank God those dangerous criminals are off the street. Every time I get searched, questioned, and humiliated by the TSA I feel a little bit safer inside knowing that some kid, errr, I mean dangerous criminal is now going to be in jail for a very long time for attempted smuggling of dangerous narcotics, clearly so dangerous that even the authorities cannot identify them!

    But hey, it's hazy, and it's purple, stands to reason that it's Purple Haze, whatever it is. Where's the "congratulatory pat self on back" smiley?
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