Store Accidentally Sells Peppers Stuffed With Cocaine

We love chile rellenos, but this is just silly. A store in NYC sold peppers stuffed with cocaine to three different customers, none of whom knew they were getting a little something extra in their produce.

The store owners told police that the peppers were imported from South America and that they had no idea what was inside.

(Photo:Mr. Oliver)


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  1. Winterfall007 says:

    That would kinda suck if you had past charges for possession.

  2. nevets68 says:

    Imagine eating that laced pepper,while having a toilet stall fall on you while applying toxic makeup?

  3. WiglyWorm must cease and decist says:

    “doctored pepper” made me chortle. Let’s hear it for good puns!

  4. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    I guess the plan was to smuggle the peppers over the border and then…take off with the truck and crack them open later…

    Also, kudos to the “doctored pepper” headline, NY Post.

  5. cuchanu says:

    How many more people got them and stayed quiet? I don’t know about you but if I got some free cocaine in my pepper I’d say it was an early Christmas present for some of my no good friends.

  6. joe18521 says:

    You’d think the extra weight would’ve made the customers suspicious…

    • bluewyvern says:

      @joe18521: Yeah, really. You want to buy the firmest, lightest pepper you can find — you pay by the pound after all, and the heavy ones are (usually) just filled with seeds that you throw away.

      Maybe people will start buying heavy peppers now, hoping for a prize inside.

  7. Jabberkaty says:

    And at 1.99 a pound, a wicked bargain.

  8. HomersBrain says:

    I’m predicting a run on peppers this week

  9. Crystal Wojcinski says:

    It is hard to argue this is a fraud on the consumer. Jabberkaty is right, at 1.99 this is a real bargain. If we were less scrupulous it would make the morning deals.
    “Hint hint, Go buy peppers. Now!”

  10. n0ia says:

    I bet they sold to more than three customers, the others just had enough sense to keep the goods!

  11. Russ Savage says:

    another reason to love peppers

  12. Crystal Wojcinski says:

    Btw, Win on the Chile Rellenos comment. Apparently, an editor on the Consumerist knows way better places to find them than I do. I need to start asking around for the “good” ones.

  13. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    See, it’s stories like this that make not understand all the “This story has to be fake or exaggerated” comments. Cocaine is found in produce but people can’t believe that a retail employee would insult a customer unprovoked.

    Also, how the heck to you get cocaine into a pepper and not leave any visible damage? This worries me…

    • Skaperen says:

      @Rectilinear Propagation: Just cut the pepper around where existing damage or marks are, or in a pattern typical of common damage. Apply glue to seal it back up so it doesn’t come open on its own.

      • lockdog says:

        @Skaperen: I wonder if you could do this while the pepper was still on the vine. Especially with red and yellow bell peppers, since they reach full size weeks before they ripen. You could slip in a little bag while the pepper is still growing, and a few days later it would have healed shut leaving just a small scar.

        When our cucumbers are attacked by squash vine borers we find the bug in the vine, slice the grub with a razor and then use a dab of super glue to seal the stem back shut. Usually works pretty well in our small garden.

  14. Kaellorian says:

    Tomacco has a new competitor.

  15. IT-Chick says:

    Why are they complaining? Everyone wants something free these days, then when they get something that can be resold on the streets for a ton more than they paid for the pepper, they complain! *SIGH* I give up!

  16. karmaghost says:

    She’s alright,
    She’s alright,
    She’s alright…

  17. PirateCaptain_GitEmSteveDave says:

    That explains why, while making stir-fry the other night, I felt invincible, grabbed my painball gun, and screamed, “SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND!!”. On the plus side, I had a lot of energy for clean up!

  18. Trai_Dep says:

    Now we know how The City That Never Sleeps earns its reputation.

    Although, I suppose an eight-ball of coca does sooth chili burn better than a cold glass of milk. Curse Mom for not letting me in on this household tip!

  19. Ubik2501 says:

    Man, put these together with some Tomacco, and you could make the most bitchin’ salsa ever.

  20. porcuPINE says:

    some people have all the luck…. o_O

  21. aguacarbonica says:

    I doubt they’ll be charged with anything. No one would sell so much cocaine for the price of a pepper. That either completely absolves the vendor, or puts them on a very short list of stupidest criminals. =/

  22. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    I wonder whether the store repackaged the peppers in new shrink wrap to sell them as new.

  23. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    @me: kidding, obviously.

  24. N.RobertMoses says:

    A year or two ago (maybe) there was a major drug ring that was offering up drugs in bodegas when people ordered cold cuts.

  25. alexcassidy says:

    Nobody happened to catch the address?

    1.) Sell $2 peppers stuffed with hundreds of dollars of blow
    2.) ???
    3.) PROFIT!

  26. runswithscissors says:

    This is clearly the customer’s fault. Who doesn’t split open each and every bell pepper in the store before they buy it? I always do, he says with more than a hint of smugness.

    j/k :)

    • failurate says:

      @runswithscissors: Dude, it’s cheaper to grow your own peppers at home. You just need some really strong grow lights, maybe a hydroponic set up of some sort, and lots of privacy. Yeah, your peppers will be far less hardcore than these South American peppers, but you never hear about a dude or chick turning tricks for home grown peppers.

  27. Hoss says:

    Something tells me a store employee or owner was dealing. Nice defense — those peppers came from south america, we know nothing about em. right

  28. Jesse in Japan says:

    I’ll bet they sold more than three.

  29. damitaimee says:

    sucks. what if you are a recovering addict? it would be the worst thing to find inside of an ‘innocent’ pepper.

    maybe i’ve been watching too much sober house?

  30. WorldHarmony says:

    It’s nice to know how well our food supply is inspected.

  31. Johnny Cache says:

    Next time someone offers you “Cracked-Pepper”, give it a little more thought.

  32. ZzFDKzZ says:

    Damn haha.

  33. JayDeEm says:

    I feel bad for the guy who will be showing up at some dealer’s house (or underground lair) with a delivery of regular old peppers.

  34. baristabrawl says:

    I don’t use cocaine…I just like the way it smells.

  35. bryanoak says:

    Where can I find this market?

  36. marcelebrate says:

    That’s a one-a spicy pepper!

    Rats, my “cleverness” is clearly unoriginal: