Comment of the Day

Reader: I Stumbled on Possible Pot Sting While Playing Grand Theft Auto Online

Our post discussing concerns in Illinois over marijuana mailed from Colorado featured commentary from a representative of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area group.

Tom Gorman, the RMHIDTA exec quoted, estimated that more than 90 percent of cannabis sent via the U.S. Postal Service goes undetected.

The topic was debated from plenty of angles by our readers, including one person who shared an online exchange that made him wonder if he'd stumbled upon a possible drug sting.

Here's his account.

Colin Connors writes:
I was playing Grand Theft Auto online the other day and I heard these guys talking. Person one said, "Hey man if I send you some cash will you go buy a joint and mail it to me?"

Person number two (he sounded younger, possibly too young to legally buy a joint at a dispensary) actually agreed. I thought to myself WTF, this smells fishy. So I chime in "Hey Person number 2 (I called him by his gamer tag), you do realize that sending a joint through the mail is mail fraud and drug distribution, right?" Person number one (the one who wanted the person to mail him some pot) got really angry. I could have sworn it really did feel like a drug sting.

Don't get me wrong. I don't care if the cops bust some idiot for dealing drugs/and or drug distribution. I just did not want to hear about some young kid on the news getting arrested for going out and getting some shitty pot from someone at their school and then mailing it to someone who, for all he knows, is a cop. It felt like a trap, a dirty one at that. I would not have said anything if the person who sounded like a younger kid who was about to agree to send the guy pot.

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