MELTING POT From head shop to melt shop

Oct 12, 2007 | 06:12 AM |

That's the route some $6 million in illegal contraband took recently when Ohio state troopers burned illegal drugs and guns in an iron ladle at the Cleveland Works of ArcelorMittal.

State troopers undertake the effort four times per year, burning the contraband obtained in criminal investigations at one of the state's steel mills. Security is high. Only two troopers--neither named Cheech or Chong--on the six-man detail knew in advance where the loot was to be sent up in smoke. All six wore bullet-proof vests and carried assault weapons. Police say that destroying the goods--more than 4,000 pounds of marijuana, cocaine and heroin and 59 guns--in such a manner ensures they won't end up back on the street or in local schools.

Maybe he was channeling

Rising metal values have made scrap metals precious commodities, but are they valuable enough to substitute for a new television? Kevin Ray Dunham apparently thought so. He allegedly tried making such a trade at a Wal-Mart store in American Canyon, Calif., but both the retailer and the local police said no deal. According to a local newspaper report, Dunham lugged a box to the Wal-Mart Superstore in the northern California town and told a clerk in the store's electronics department that it held a TV he wanted to return, police said. Take it to customer service, he was told. Dunham toted the box to the front of the store, but a clerk there became suspicious and opened the box, only to find it filled with scrap metal. Police were called and arrested Dunham, not because he had left the store with any ill-gotten gains but because he was wanted on an outstanding warrant on other charges.....





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