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Flushing Your Drugs? Not Unless You Want to Create Meth Gators

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By Carlos Gamino

A police department in Tennessee is warning people to stop flushing methamphetamines down the toilet when they’re about to be busted with drugs – and it’s not so police can charge them with a crime (although really, it is).

Tennessee police arrested a man after trying to flush a dozen grams of the dangerous drug down his toilet. Then, the department shared a Facebook post that says, in part, “Ducks, Geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do. Furthermore, if it made it far enough we could create meth-gators in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River down in North Alabama. They’ve had enough methed up animals the past few weeks without our help. So, if you need to dispose of your drugs just give us a call and we will make sure they are disposed of in the proper way.”

In all seriousness, nobody has studied – at least not on a large scale – the kinds of effects methamphetamine would have on alligators. However, Alabama authorities arrested a man in June 2019 who had allegedly fed meth to his pet squirrel (aptly named “Deeznutz”) and trained it to attack people. Deeznutz was released from custody after police discovered they didn’t have the appropriate means to drug test the small rodent.

This isn’t the first time a police department in the U.S. has resorted to joking to garner community support. The Lawrence, Kansas Police Department has a hilarious Twitter account, where you’ll find gems like “Don’t get your whiskey, don’t get your guns” and “Officer had a brief foot pursuit with a subject suspected of breaking into a business. Ran him down quick like a lion on the plains.” Several other police departments have had viral exchanges, too, including in Richmond, Virginia and WyomingMinnesota.

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Carlos Gamino