If you were driving a vanload of drugs through a city (not that we’re advocating that in the slightest), you’d surely be pretty wary of your surroundings, maintain a low profile and act like a normal road user to get from point A to point B.
Well, try telling that to this idiot of a driver who not only got caught by police, but did so because they bloody smashed their van into a parked police car.
Out of every goddamn vehicle you could have hit, you hit a marked and parked cop car.
It didn’t take long for New South Wales police to track down the driver of the van, who’s now been charged.
NSW Police have released a statement saying: “Following inquiries, an inspector from Ryde Police Area Command stopped the HiAce on Church Street, Ryde, about 11.30am.
“The inspector spoke to the male driver before conducting a search of the van.
“During the search, police located moving boxes, which contained multiple bags of a crystalline substance, with presumptive testing returning a positive indicator for methylamphetamine.
“In total, police seized 273kg of ice, which has an estimated potential street value of more than $200 million.
“Police also seized the van for extensive forensic examination. The driver, a 28-year-old man, was arrested and taken to Ryde Police Station.
“He was charged with large commercial drug supply, negligent driving, and not give particulars to police.”
I mean, it doesn’t get much dumber than this.
While it seems like police have everything they need in order to prosecute the bloke who’s been charged, they’re still looking for anyone with CCTV footage of the van travelling through Sydney before the car incident.
Related: No, meth-gators aren’t real, but you still shouldn’t flush your drugs
A Tennessee Police department recently made headlines after suggesting “meth-gators” are possible when folks flush their drugs down the toilet.
Hard truth: Animals are not getting high in the wild.
While you shouldn’t flush drugs — whether they’re illicit like meth or regular items like leftover prescriptions — they do get diluted once in the water, making it pretty much impossible for an animal to get high.
It’s possible any drug can persist in water for some time, said University of Tennessee-Knoxville professor and environmental microbiologist Frank Loeffler. But that length of time is unknown.
Loeffler said there’s limited research on what happens to animals when trace amounts of the drugs people take everyday end up back in the water system after being flushed from our bodies.
While you shouldn’t expect a drug to have the same effect on an animal as it would on a person, it’s possible that a drug can disrupt an animals’ endocrine system.
Loeffler said scientists understand the effects of drugs in high concentrations, but it’s much harder to know what happens with low-concentration exposure.
Louis Gross, ecology and evolutionary professor at University of Tennessee, also said significant amounts of illegal and legal drugs could have a negative impact on sensitive critters like amphibians.
But they don’t think that’s happening right now.
The FDA has a list of certain drugs that can be flushed down the toilet. For drugs where that is not advised, you can dispose of them in your household trash.
The FDA has specific tips on this, but you should make sure to remove the drug from the original container and mix it with something undesirable, like cat litter.
It’s also important to scratch out any personal information that might be on an empty medicine packaging to protect your identity and privacy.