The story is as strange as the headline. Here is an excerpt to keep it blunt. Smoke 'em if you got 'em.
( full article at The Washington Post)
When police showed up at a vacant trailer-home in Penn Township, Pa., last month, neighbor Pat Beck was worried something might be wrong.
Their presence seemed even more mysterious when Beck saw an investigator remove a box from the home and place it in a police vehicle.
Several weeks later, a reporter from Fox affiliate WPMT finally told Beck what was inside that box: a human brain.
“It just scares me to death,” a terrified Beck told the station. “I didn’t think they were that kind of people, but nowadays, you never know.”
Police told the station that the brain was found beneath a porch, where it was kept inside a Wal-Mart shopping bag.
It even had a name: “Freddy.”( Not Abby Normal? There really is something wrong with this guy)
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“The defendant related that he knew it was illegal to have the brain and that he and (another man) would spray the embalming fluid on ‘weed’ to get high,” Trooper John Boardman, an investigator involved in the case, wrote in court documents cited by the AP.
The 26-year-old Long — currently at Cumberland County Prison in lieu of a $100,000 bail — faces new charges in connection with the stolen brain: misdemeanor abuse of a corpse and conspiracy to commit abuse of a corpse, the Sentinel reported.
Spraying or soaking marijuana with embalming fluid is “an emerging drug trend,” according to a statement from the Drug Enforcement Administration. Embalming fluid is often found in morgues and funeral homes, but the fluid — which has serious health risks — can also be purchased directly from chemical companies or online, the DEA notes.
“Embalming fluid is a compound of formaldehyde, methanol, ethanol and other solvents,” the statement says. “The percentage of formaldehyde found in embalming fluid ranges anywhere from 5 to 29 percent. The percentage of ethyl alcohol, the psychoactive ingredient found in alcoholic beverage, varies anywhere from 9 to 56 percent. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, it is common for marijuana to be laced with PCP and/or embalming fluid, both of which produce a hallucinogenic effect. Cigarettes soaked with embalming fluid trend to burn slower, thereby increasing the chance for a prolonged high.”
Reactions to the drug appear to vary, with users reporting everything from “anger” and “paranoia” to an “increase in women’s sexual appetites,” the DEA added.File this one under - C'mon Mom, all the kids are doing it.......
While authorities may have encountered formaldehyde-laced marijuana, using a dead person’s brain for drug use took some investigators by surprise.