“Obamacare Heroin” Seized in MassachusettsBy: Erika Watts - December 21, 2013
The next time someone asks if you like Obamacare, you might want to make sure they’re referring to the Affordable Care Act and not drugs. State police in Massachusetts seized 1,250 bags of heroin during a traffic stop on Friday, and many of the bags were stamped with “Obamacare.” Some of the heroin bags were also stamped with “Kurt Cobain,” and four people were arrested in the case.
Trooper Joseph Petty pulled over a vehicle he saw breaking several traffic laws on Friday morning. Upon inspecting the vehicle, the officer found evidence of drugs and called a K9 unit on the scene. Trooper David Stucenski and K9 Frankie eventually found the hundreds of bags of heroin, which led to the arrest of four individuals. Tyler Robenstein, the 23-year-old driver of the vehicle, was arrested, as well as his three passengers–Marquese Jones (22), Sherod Green (24) and Ashley Beaulieu (21).
Robenstein was reportedly charged with “trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to violate the drugs laws, possession to distribute a Class A substance, speeding, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and failure to change lanes for an emergency vehicle.” Robenstein’s passengers received the same drug charges. According to The Massachusetts Court System, the individuals could spend at least five years in prison if found guilty on just one of the felony charges.
Check out the post detailing the traffic stop and arrest from the Massachusetts State Police Facebook page:[timeout]
People are arrested for possession of drugs every day, but what made this case so interesting was the heroin being labeled with “Obamacare.” According to state police Lt. Daniel Richard, this is the first time he has seen heroin stamped with this name. Lest you think this was some grand political statement on behalf of the drug traffickers, Richard says that dealers often come up with a name to put on heroin bags to identify who is selling the drugs.
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