Tuesday, September 23, 2003
"Holy Guacamole -- What a Drug Bust" That's the title of this story in today's Chicago Tribune (registration required: story available for 1 week).
Seems that 180 buckets of frozen guacamole each had a 2-kilo brick of cocaine hidden inside.
The (mythical?) monetary value attached to the total police haul of 310 kilos of cocaine
is $39 million. The four men arrested in connection with the bust each face a mandatory
minimum sentence of 15 to 60 years, according to the State's Attorney of DuPage County,
though this prosecutor intends to upgrade to charges that would make the minimum 30 to
120 years in prison. 26,000 pounds of guacamole also was sacrificed.
That should do it -- we have won the war on drugs! No more need we fear that some of our friends and neighbors might pursue their wicked and dangerous pleasure by consuming cocaine (or is it guacamole? Now I am confused.)
What was that again that Adam Smith said about a smuggler? Oh yeah: "a person, who, though no doubt highly blameable for violating the laws of his country, is frequently incapable of violating those of natural justice, and would have been, in every respect, an excellent citizen, had not the laws of his country made that a crime which nature never meant to be so."