Florida Preteen Finds Meth In Used Video Game From GameStop

By Keri Blakinger 05/12/17

The 11-year-old boy discovered a packet of meth tucked away in the gaming manual of his recently purchased copy of Grand Theft Auto V. 

GameStop storefront

Grand Theft Auto just got a little too real for one Florida boy. 

After Kayla McAllister bought her 11-year-old son a used copy of GTA V at a GameStop last weekend, the Gadsden County family allegedly came home to an unwanted surprise. Tucked away in the game manual was a little plastic baggie filled with crystal meth, according to Kotaku

Irate, McAllister immediately took to Facebook to share her annoyance. “Today I took my son to GameStop in Tallahassee to trade in games and get some new ones,” she wrote. “When he opened the booklet inside one of the pre-owned games he (MY ELEVEN YEAR OLD SON!!!!!!!) found this. A baggie of fucking meth! Clearly the game was not properly checked when it was traded in and because of the carelessness I could have lost a child. Thankfully he brought it right to us and said what is this?”

Later, she told the gaming news site she was freaked out over the possibility that her three-year-old might have stumbled on the pretty, crystalline drugs. “Had he not found it and she did, this could have gone so differently,” she said. “She could have died, and I would have spent the rest of my life wondering where it even came from.” 

McAllister called the cops and put in a report, but was further incensed when the GameStop district manager then called and offered to send her a replacement game. 

When asked for comment, a spokesperson for GameStop told The Fix, “We are disappointed to hear about the experience one of our customers recently had when purchasing a pre-owned video game from one of our local Tallahassee, Florida stores. We work diligently to ensure the quality of our pre-owned items are like new. Unfortunately, in this circumstance our thorough process fell short. We are extremely concerned that this incident occurred, and are working with the local police department to support them in their investigation.”  

Astonishingly, this isn’t the first time an 11-year-old has found meth in a GameStop purchase. 

Last year, a boy in Louisiana discovered a baggie of drugs in a game bought at a store in Lake Charles. At the time, a store manager told KPLC-TV that the game may have been shipped from another store and not checked again before sale. 

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.