They say, “stupid is as stupid does” and that goes double for William Gillespie. The 29-year-old Erie, Pennsylvania man was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia, after he tried to enter the county courthouse with more than a dozen bags of crack cocaine. Gillespie was passing through the courthouse metal detector when he emptied the contents of his pockets into a bowl. The Erie County sheriff’s deputy became suspicious when Gillespie placed a pill bottle in the bowl. Upon further investigation, the officer discovered 15 individually packaged crack rocks.
An Indonesian court has sentenced a British grandmother to death for smuggling cocaine onto the resort island of Bali. Lindsay June Sandiford, 56, was arrested and found guilty of smuggling $2.5 million dollars worth of cocaine in her suitcase, but claimed it was done because a gang who was threatening to hurt her children forced her. The verdict noted that Sandiford damaged the image of Bali as a tourism destination because of the dangerous drugs. The verdict was actually higher than the 15-year sentence prosecutors were demanding because of Ms. Sandiford’s age.
What happens when a 25-year-old party girl tries to enforce a written promise that her cokehead boyfriend likely scribbled on a napkin in a the middle of a bender, agreeing to give her a million bucks if he started using drugs again? Just ask Noelle Reno, ex-girlfriend of banking heir and “notorious drug user” Matthew Mellon, who is taking the 43-year-old bad boy to court to try to enforce the contract she had him sign obligating him to give her a “cash payment of $1 million” if he “ingested cocaine or other similar drugs within the next six months and it rendered him unable to interact normally with other people for more than two days.”
Mellon’s legal experts have refused to comment on the merits of the pending claim, but they did want to reiterate their strong belief that the kid from Mellon’s fourth grade class—the one who made that half-court shot after betting Mellon a billion dollars he could make it—would very likely prove unsuccessful should he also attempt to collect his unpaid debt. [Daily Mail]
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Word hit the streets yesterday that Steven Page, the lead singer of the Barenaked Ladies, is planning to fight the recent cocaine charge he racked up last week when he was arrested in an apartment in upstate New York and charged with possession of a controlled substance. When asked about the powdery white substance in his possession, court documents report that Page allegedly told police “Yeah, it’s cocaine.”
While legal scholars and pundits alike have wished the singer well on his fight, they wanted to pass along this obscure legal tip: At your next drug bust, when the cops take a bag of blow out of your hand and ask you what it is, just keep your mouth shut. And if you do say something, say anything in the world but “Yeah, it’s cocaine.” Just a thought. [Reuters]
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Allen Garcia, the 33-year-old homeless panhandler who was arrested for selling crack to Tatum O’Neal six weeks ago, was released this week from Rikers Island, only to be stopped by immigration officials as he was walking out of the building, who delivered the bad news: he’s being deported.
Pundits from coast to coast were stunned to hear the news of the deportation, in light of O’Neal’s staunch declaration to the press six weeks ago, “I’m going to try to see if I can help him. He’s not a drug dealer. He’s a panhandler who sold drugs. I’m going to talk to my lawyer.” Long regarded for her mastery of semantics, O’Neil went on to explain that she is indeed the best person to race to the legal aid of this non-drug-dealing-panhandler-who-sells-drugs because she is not, in fact, a crackhead, but rather an actress with a head who occasionally puts crack in it. [NY Mag]