'Despicable Me' Inspired Ecstasy Pills Confiscated By Chilean Authorities

By McCarton Ackerman 02/24/16

The most adorable illegal drugs to hit the drug market have been confiscated by Chilean authorities: Ecstasy pills shaped to look like the minions in Despicable Me.

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The country’s National Customs Service announced the confiscation last Thursday. Local authorities found 101 of the “minion” tablets in the coastal city of Viña del Mar, where they were hidden inside of a kids’ drawing kit. Two men, one from Chile and the other from Argentina, have been placed under house arrest while the investigation continues. Authorities working on the case currently believe that the Despicable Me drugs originated from the Netherlands.

However, this is hardly the first time that pop culture has appeared in illegal drug form. In February 2014, a teenage girl from Scotland died after taking a synthetic drug known as “Mortal Kombat.” The club drug, believed to be similar in content to ecstasy, had a dragon stamp on it identical to the logo of the classic video game with the same name.

A month prior to that, Scottish police issued a warning after several deaths from “Pink Superman” pills, which featured a Superman logo on one side and a "half-score" line and ® logo on the reverse. The drugs were highly popular since they cost as little as $6 per pill, but were extremely dangerous due to containing para-methoxyamphetamine, which is five times stronger than ecstasy.

In January 2014, drug officials in Belgium alerted residents about a “Nintendo” pill that contained a massive dose of MDMA and was making its way into the country’s nightlife scene. The pill, which was stamped with the Nintendo logo, is typically swallowed whole instead of snorted or crushed. Drug watchdogs in Belgium quickly created a new entry for it in the Belgian Early Warning System on Drugs.

That same month, methamphetamine distributors in New Mexico began selling blue-colored meth, as inspired by the series Breaking Bad. Because the meth was cut with chemicals specifically designed to make it blue, some reports surfaced of users becoming violently ill after taking it. Nearly $2.3 million worth of blue meth was confiscated in October 2013 by police in Oklahoma City, OK. And in 2010, blue-colored meth also made its way onto the streets of Kansas City, MO. Local authorities reported that it was being sold for 50% more than the colorless version, despite being equal in strength.

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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.