Police Find Meth Lab Searching for Stolen Xbox

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Police Find Meth Lab Searching for Stolen Xbox

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If you've got a meth lab running in the basement, don't steal your neighbor's Xbox.

It was just another ordinary September day in St. Augustine, Florida, until an unnamed 24-year-old man's Xbox was stolen. The investigation resulting from the theft led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab next door.

The man, living at 19 Barcelona Ave., informed police that an Xbox and two controllers had been stolen from him by his neighbor and sold to a pawn shop. When police showed up at 20 Barcelona, where 36-year-old Wendy Marie Gibson resided, they found more than enough evidence to convict her, but not of Xbox theft.

Gibson had her hand in a totally different honey jar of crime and was also running a meth lab. When a deputy entered Gibson's home, he said he was hit with a "large white chemical cloud." A search found chemicals commonly used to make crank. Gibson was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession and use of narcotic equipment, possession of listed chemical for manufacture of a controlled substance, and grand theft.

Let this be a lesson to you, kids: Videogame theft is a gateway crime that only leads to deeper levels of corruption and delinquency. Sure, it might start with a Game Boy Advance game here and there, but pretty soon you're stealing Strawberry Shortcake: Sweet Dreams from your 5-year-old niece just so you can buy another vial of horse tranquilizer. And once you're in deep enough, there's no choice but to start up a meth lab, which really isn't as fun as it sounds. It might be tempting to steal your neighbor's videogames and trade them in for cash, but it'll lead to nothing but jail, or meth, so don't do it.

Source: St. Augustine Record , via GamePolitics

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Hey, horse tranquilizer is goooood stuff.

CORRODED SIN:
Hey, horse tranquilizer is goooood stuff.

=-= Really? ROFL And here I thought people were'nt stupid enough to make meth and steal stuff at the same time. and why would you ever want to take Horse tranqs in the first place?

People WILL link this together to make games seem bad, somehow.

GamerMage:

CORRODED SIN:
Hey, horse tranquilizer is goooood stuff.

=-= Really? ROFL And here I thought people were'nt stupid enough to make meth and steal stuff at the same time. and why would you ever want to take Horse tranqs in the first place?

he was just kidding about the horse tranquilizers.

and good god, they are meth addicts. what do you expect of them? to be smart enough to plan ahead?

I wonder what games meth addicts like playing?

Can't this like, not happen? I mean if the neighbor was smart she would have asked for a warrant then this wouldn't have happened. The way I understand it warrants give police permission to search a specified area for a specified thing. If the neighbor just said "sure, search my house" then this would fly and the neighbor would be an idiot.

Did they ever get the Xbox back?!

Swarley:
Did they ever get the Xbox back?!

I agree. The most important thing is the Xbox's safety.

(His name is Timmy)

Gardenia:
People WILL link this together to make games seem bad, somehow.

Unfortunatly, this is very likely. Also...

Swifteye:
I wonder what games meth addicts like playing?

Good question...

Glad the lab was found and taken care of. Disgusting, honestly.

Also, did they get the Xbox back? I'm serious.

See? Video Games lead to finding Drugs!

Although it'd probably blame games for somehow 'convincing' the stealer to make drugs and steal an Xbox.

Who'd a thunk it!

I prefer iDosing

/thread

Tom Goldman:
A search found chemicals commonly used to make crank.

Crank? Is this a new drug I haven't heard of yet? Or a misspelling of 'crack'?

On topic: Excellent news. It's good to know that the police can catch a lucky break every now and then.

And the moral of the story is: When commiting crimes, don't commit unrelated crimes?

Well, I guess it's how they caught Capone but this spin on the wheel of morality is largely unsatisfying.

crudus:
Can't this like, not happen? I mean if the neighbor was smart she would have asked for a warrant then this wouldn't have happened. The way I understand it warrants give police permission to search a specified area for a specified thing. If the neighbor just said "sure, search my house" then this would fly and the neighbor would be an idiot.

Neighbor is an idiot. Not only is meth bad for you but cooking your own is practically like running your own dynamite factory. She was putting herself and all her neighbors at risk.
There's nothing smart about this person and I highly doubt anything was out of order. If you don't want cops busting in your place legitimately, don't be running a meth lab.

That's silly. Not too surprising from a meth addict, but still.
Hope the Xbox is ok.

crudus:
Can't this like, not happen? I mean if the neighbor was smart she would have asked for a warrant then this wouldn't have happened. The way I understand it warrants give police permission to search a specified area for a specified thing. If the neighbor just said "sure, search my house" then this would fly and the neighbor would be an idiot.

i could be totally 100% wrong about this but i think..if a cop has any reason to suppose you have drugs, he has the right to search your house, kinda like searching a car for drugs....

Swarley:
Did they ever get the Xbox back?!

My thoughts exactly!

Swifteye:
I wonder what games meth addicts like playing?

Robot Unicorn Attack?

/facepalm

GamerMage:

CORRODED SIN:
Hey, horse tranquilizer is goooood stuff.

=-= Really? ROFL And here I thought people were'nt stupid enough to make meth and steal stuff at the same time. and why would you ever want to take Horse tranqs in the first place?

Meth tends to make you do some pretty stupid stuff, so I'm not surprised.

CORRODED SIN:
Hey, horse tranquilizer is goooood stuff.

That shit's for wimps. Bear tranquilizer is what all the cool kids are doing.

OT: See? This is what I'm saying! Video games help solve crimes!

katsumoto03:

CORRODED SIN:
Hey, horse tranquilizer is goooood stuff.

That shit's for wimps. Bear tranquilizer is what all the cool kids are doing.

OT: See? This is what I'm saying! Video games help solve crimes!

Yeah, well bear tranqs are placebos to me...
Now Elephant tranqs...? Whoo boy, pop a few into me and I'm a party animal...! Pop a fourth though and I see Jesuss eyes...

cursedseishi:

katsumoto03:

CORRODED SIN:
Hey, horse tranquilizer is goooood stuff.

That shit's for wimps. Bear tranquilizer is what all the cool kids are doing.

OT: See? This is what I'm saying! Video games help solve crimes!

Yeah, well bear tranqs are placebos to me...
Now Elephant tranqs...? Whoo boy, pop a few into me and I'm a party animal...! Pop a fourth though and I see Jesuss eyes...

Really? I'd imagine seeing Jesus performing a facepalm would be a more likely scenario than seeing his eyes.

Game Boy Advance IS the gateway console.

Criquefreak:

cursedseishi:

katsumoto03:

CORRODED SIN:
Hey, horse tranquilizer is goooood stuff.

That shit's for wimps. Bear tranquilizer is what all the cool kids are doing.

OT: See? This is what I'm saying! Video games help solve crimes!

Yeah, well bear tranqs are placebos to me...
Now Elephant tranqs...? Whoo boy, pop a few into me and I'm a party animal...! Pop a fourth though and I see Jesuss eyes...

Really? I'd imagine seeing Jesus performing a facepalm would be a more likely scenario than seeing his eyes.

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Xbox. Only Meth cooks use it. Well its a start to a better slogan then Jump In.

hmmm Even if he didn't get his 360 back, Its likely he got a fat reward.

Kazedarkwind:
i could be totally 100% wrong about this but i think..if a cop has any reason to suppose you have drugs, he has the right to search your house, kinda like searching a car for drugs....

I'm fairly certain that - at least in Canada - a warrant is required. They can't just think, "Oh - this person probably has illegal substances." And then kick down the door.

Edit: I found this: "During their investigation, deputies smelled a strong chemical odor coming from inside the house, the report said." So that may change things. I can't quite recall when a warrant is necessary and when it is not (obviously, for example, the sound of gunshots would not necessitate one), but I know that if nothing illegal is being witnessed; no warrant has been granted; and if the police officer(s) was/were not invited into the house, the police are not allowed to enter.

Ah the War on Drugs, still a failure that makes happy chance finds.

If you're fighting an inanimate object and losing, perhaps you should change your weaponary? Or at least do some proper research into it.

Now, as far as I know, that "bust" could be declared illegal as the cops would need a warrant to search for drugs, but IANAL.

And the news people are going to twist this into something about playing gta makes you deal and make illegal drugs. Oh well.
Anyway its good to hear a meth lab got found by the police.

My dad used to take this, and he barely knew what day it was when on it. You can't expect drug addicts to use logic and/or reason.

hehe.. This story is made of win..

Love it when crooks gets whats coming to them...

Police attempt to search for stolen X-Box...
CRITICAL SUCCESS!
Police find and bust Meth lab.

I'd imagine that its pretty upsetting when someone goes through all the trouble to hide the Meth Lab and make sure nobody finds out and then get busted for stealing an X-box. Let this be a lesson... Meth making is a gateway to X-box theft... and that's just wrong.

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