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Woman Ripped Off by Crack Dealer Calls Cops

Being sold sugar instead of crack gets one user angry enough to make a big mistake.

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By Luke Walker

01/13/12

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Crack can do strange things to your judgement. Suzanne Basham, a 47-year-old Missouri crack user, went in search of some rocks Tuesday for an early morning pick-me-up. But shortly after she thought she scored $40 worth of sizzle, she discovered she'd in fact purchased crystallized sugar. Apparently you just can't trust crack dealers these days. Basham was so outraged that she called 911 to report the swindle. The cops arrived and interviewed the alleged sugar-seller, but he denied dealing drugs and turned them away—with no warrant, they were unable to enter his home. The police then turned their attention to the aggrieved Ms. Basham. They searched her, recovered a crack pipe and issued a citation for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. In the crazed world of crack use, this escapade perhaps seems less bizarre than it does to us.

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