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The song of the ice cream truck is no longer just a beacon for little kids.
In fact, "Pop! Goes the Weasel" has a new meaning, and it reaches way beyond monkeys and mulberry bushes. Yep it isn't a noise, or a strange animal's attempt at jumping out of a hole. And it's not about a popsicle either.
It's about popping pills.
Well, at least if you're a client of Louis Scala, a New York man who has been arrested for selling pills out of his ice cream truck.
Louis Scala is accused of selling 40,000 prescription oxycodone pills in the last year, earning him a whopping $1 million. He allegedly coordinated a ring of 30 people, including runners who filled fake prescriptions brought to him by accomplice, Nancy Wilkins, reports Reuters.
Wilkins stole blank prescription pads from her employer, explains Reuters, and then sold them to people like Luis Scala for $100 dollars a piece. Writing fake prescriptions and/or stealing prescription pads is usually considered a felony under state law, and comes with hefty penalties.
Scala not only allegedly sold pills out of his ice cream truck. He would first sell frozen treats to children, and then invite adults into his truck for a little fun.
Or to buy drugs. Same difference.
Targeting strung out rich kids and bored housewives, Louis Scala mostly took his ice cream truck into the upscale areas of New York, notes CBS. He could often be found in the Charleston section of Staten Island, asking $20 per pill.