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While it may not necessarily be worse than selling real drugs, a man was arrested in Tennessee for selling fake drugs at the annual music festival Bonnaroo. Though that in and of itself is not very shocking, like that U2 album that keeps popping up on your iPhone, the man's purpose and the size of his fake stash were rather peculiar.
David E. Brady, a 45 year old from New York, was arrested holding over 1,000 doses of LSD, 22 bags of fake psychedelic mushrooms, 20 bags of fake cocaine, and 37 fake pills of molly, as well as some fake heroin. While his purpose isn't even likely to impress the Blues Brothers, his mock supply would be rather impressive for a Hollywood stage's prop closet. Brady claimed to be doing "God's work."
While Brady claimed to be doing God's work by selling drug seekers fake drugs, the criminal aspect of the case is not likely to change due to his noble purpose. Depending on what he used to substitute the drugs, his noble purpose could have potentially put people at serious risk of injury.
Even though illicit drugs are illegal to buy, the law still protects the drug users who could fall victim to purchasing fake drugs. This is because fake drugs can often be very dangerous. In recent years, stories have been reported of individuals using bath salts, "spice," and fake marijuana, then becoming seriously ill, and even dying.
It may come as a surprise to many that selling fake drugs to individuals who plan to ingest those drugs is still a crime. Most states have imitation drug laws that prohibit the sale of fake drugs when the seller represents them to be real. Most states will consider this a felony, as it is not only fraud, but also rather dangerous. For instance, if someone was injured, or dies, as a result of ingesting the fake drugs, the seller could find themselves charged with an aggravated felony, or even manslaughter or murder.
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