Crack pipe vending machines disguised as pen dispensers pop up in Long Island as school begins

New Yorkers who think they have seen it all are now on the alert after discovering crack pipe vending machines in Long Island.

Authorities in Suffolk County and in the town of Brookhaven are investigating who planted the three potential crack pipe vending machines masquerading as pen vending machines, according to WABC-TV.

Two of the machines were removed – one of which was partially destroyed by the community – after residents complained to authorities about what they thought were pen dispensers as the first week of school began in the town.

According to WABC:

The blue and white vending machines, which featured the words “Sketch Pens” on the outside in black and red font, were mounted in cement into the ground and would dispense a small glass tube and a filter. Included was the top of a pen, which could be put into the glass tube to form a pen, along with an ink tube.

The “pens” cost $2 each, and the machines would accept the payment in the form of eight quarters.

 

“You think you’ve heard of everything,” Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine said. “I continue to be surprised by some of the audacity of those that would break the law in promoting drugs and drug paraphernalia.”

“It’s a crack pipe,” Romaine said, holding up one of the items. “It’s a ceramic, glass pipe disguised as a pen … There’s a filter in there that you use to smoke crack.”

“We’ve been here for three years,” resident Danielle Blom said after one dispenser was found outside her apartment complex and was smashed by an angry member of the community.

“We’ve never had any problems, and now this. So it’s pretty disgusting,” she said.

One of the dispensers was planted near a shopping center and local resident Scott Malz shared a video so the community could “see what was going on and try to get rid of it as quick as possible,” he said. “Because that’s actually a bad area for drugs.’

“To sell a pipe is not illegal, but this is considered drug paraphernalia,” Town Councilman Michael Loguercio told WABC. “And it also is being dispensed from a machine that was installed illegally per town code.”

“At first, we were like, ‘Could this be a joke?’ But then we saw how intricate it was and realized it wasn’t a joke,” Loguercio told The New York Post.

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