Alleged Drug Dealer Arrested For Selling 'Ebola'

By McCarton Ackerman 10/24/14

It was only a matter of time until someone used an 'Ebola' stamp.

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A New Jersey man is currently behind bars for allegedly selling “Ebola,” but it wasn’t a strain of the deadly virus making worldwide headlines.

Barnabas “Hammer” Davis was reportedly selling packets of heroin from a motel room and put the “Ebola” label on the wax folds. A tipster alerted Toms River police to the drug trade and they raided his room at the Ramada Inn after executing a search warrant.

Once inside, officers discovered both the heroin packets and 40 grams of crack. Davis was arrested and charged with multiple drug offenses, including possession of heroin and crack cocaine with the intent to distribute. He is currently being held in lieu of $300,000 bond.

“Different dealers have different potencies and products. Many times they are labeled with catchy phrases,” said Officer Ralph Stocco. “In the past we have had Bin Laden, Hello Kitty, D.O.A., Twin Towers, 911, Gumball, Pow, etc.” Toms River police also noted that the motel had no involvement with the drug activity and was fully cooperative in the investigation.

While unconventional drug names aren’t unusual, they have typically been reserved for club drugs. One substance referred to as “Nintendo” has the same name and logo as the video game company stamped onto pills, but contained a large dose of MDMA. Last January, four clubgoers in North Wales went temporarily blind after taking a club drug known as “Brain,” while a 17-year-old girl from Scotland passed away the following month after taking a pill known as “Mortal Kombat."

Scottish police also issued a warning via Twitter last week about a “Pink Superman” pill, which features a Superman logo on one side and a ‘half-score’ line and ® logo on the reverse. The cheap drugs, which cost as little as $6 per pill, have already been responsible for numerous fatalities due to containing para-methoxyamphetamine, which is five times stronger than ecstasy.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.