City Paper is not for tourists
City Desk has spoken to a person snagged in a recent pot sting that netted some 20 District residents, and the individual supplies some interesting info. First off, the pot delivery service that Metropolitan Police Department officers took over following the arrest of an alleged drug dealer involved with it had a great name: Mindy’s Muffins.
According to the source, the number to Mindy’s Muffins was passed on by word of mouth, and ordering was simple. You just called up the number and said, “I need some muffins.” The caller was then asked for an address. “A guy would show up at your house and sell you something,” says the source.
“The guy” would be carrying a backpack full of containers which held about two-and-a-half grams of weed each. The containers were nice, and said “Mindy’s Muffins” on them, but that’s not all: “The containers were labeled with detailed information about where the marijuana was from.” The containers ran about $50 each.
“They were pretty well organized,” the source says.
But not organized enough. When cops took over the delivery service, they began selling fake pot to customers around the city. (City Desk is trying to get more information from MPD on what, exactly, the fake pot was.) The source is still kicking himself for falling for the ruse. He knew something was wrong: Mindy’s usually comes in to customers’ homes, but the guys who showed up the night he was busted didn’t do that: “They told me to go out to their car, instead.” Also, the containers they handed him didn’t look right. They were label-less and “opaque.”
After the deal was done, about eight uniformed cops surrounded the car. When the surprised pot smoker hesitated, one of the cops “put up his hands and said, ‘Motherfucker, get out the car!'”
Taken to the police station, the source passed the time talking with others who’d been apprehended for ordering from Mindy’s:”It was mainly young, white sort of college-aged kids and interns,” he says. Perhaps not coincidentally, prosecutors didn’t end up pursuing charges against the group.
“I’m not a victim,” says the source, who admits he was doing something illegal. But he still wasn’t that pleased with the way he got busted. “MPD gets to run around and do things like this?”
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