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Vending machines in New York sold crack pipes: Officials

September 13, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Vending machines in New York sold crack pipes: Officials

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The drug epidemic on Long Island, New York has grown so immensely that crack pipes are now being offered in vending machines.

For a few quarters, users have been purchasing ceramic glass pipes sold from vending machines in front of apartment complexes and a busy shopping center, officials announced on Monday.

“At first, we were like, ‘Could this be a joke?’ Then we saw how intricate it was and realized it wasn’t,” Michael Loguercio, councilman for Brookhaven Town District 4, said in a statement to The New York Post.

Locals were furious “to find it in their community … they’re trying to keep kids safe, and here is someone brazen enough to install this machine to sell crack pipes.”

The free-standing machines are refurbished tampon dispensers, according to Brookhaven officials. They sell “PENS” for eight quarters, or $2, each.

However, the pens being sold are long, thin glass pipes equipped with a filter, which are then made into drug pipes.

“People that were selling crack, there was trouble from their users getting crack pipes, and they thought this would be an ingenious solution,” Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine stated.

The first illegal vending machine, which advertised “Sketch Pens,” was found at a bus stop on Middle Country Road on August 31st.

Two other boxes were located this week: One in front of the Fairfield At Medford apartment complex, and the other marked “S-PENS,” in front of a Home Depot.

The Brookhaven source said the dispensers were probably stolen out of public bathrooms.

The dispensers also include a telephone number — likely scratched on to make them appear legitimate — but it is reportedly a dead end.

The town transported the machines to the Suffolk County Police Department, citing that they were illegally placed.

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