Germany’s orange ecstasy pills have Trump’s name — and face — all over them
Police and parents have long worried about the dangers of drugs designed to look like candy. The fear, somewhat debunked, is that children would mistakenly get their hands on, say, meth that looks much like a lollipop.
No matter how slim the chances of drugmakers marketing to kids, authorities encouraged parents to warn their children.
But what do you tell children, or really anyone, about an ecstasy pill that looks like President Trump?
On Saturday, police in Osnabrück, a city in the northwest German state of Lower Saxony, came across 5,000 of the tablets — shaped like the head of the leader of the free world.
Officers had stopped a Peugeot 307 hatchback with suspect license plates.
The 51-year-old man in the car and his 17-year-old son said they were heading back from an unsuccessful trip to Austria to buy a vehicle, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Suspicious, police searched the car. Secreted inside, they found $12,000 worth of ecstasy pills bearing the face and the name of the 45th U.S. president.
The front of each pill has Trump’s coifed hair and pursed lips. The back bears a resemblance to his campaign signs, with five stars in a line across the top and the word “Trump” in the middle.
The pills don’t bear the phrase “Make America Great Again,” but they do happen to be a deep shade of orange.
The man and his son were arrested and made their first court appearance Sunday.
According to the British newspaper Metro, the Trump ecstasy tablets, known to have high levels of MDMA, have been spreading around Europe, selling for more than $10 a pill.
It’s part of a decades-long history intertwining political imagery and illegal drugs.