An "Obamacare" heroin drug shipment was thwarted by a Massachusetts State Police trooper Fri. morning. NBC Connecticut reported Dec. 20 that when Trooper Joseph Petty was on a traffic stop on Route 91 in Northampton, a vehicle passed by that caught his attention right away.
The vehicle apparently had a number of violations that resulted in trooper Petty's decision to pursue it. When he pulled the car over in Hatfield, he noticed 1,250 bags of heroin marked "Obamacare" in large red stamps. It had nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act, but was mysteriously labeled after the president's nationwide healthcare overhaul.
Police ended up arresting Tyler Robenstein, 23, of Colchester, VT... in addition to three other passengers. They were: Marquese Jones, 22, and Sherod Green, 24 -- both from Newark, N.J. -- and Ashley Beaulieu, 21, from Colchester, VT. The report revealed that the Obamacare heroin drug bust meant all four individuals were charged with "trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to violate the drugs laws, possession to distribute a Class A substance." Jones was also charged with speeding, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and failure to change lanes for an emergency vehicle.
The four are being held pending their appearance in Northampton District Court.
This could be someone's idea of a joke by labeling the illegal substances "Obamacare." Heroin is not part of the health reform mandate, after all. The drugs were probably nicknamed this for the shipment. The people involved in this illegal activity probably have a host of other drugs with different code names. The trooper who made this stop did a great job observing the suspicious car that drove by, intervening the Obamacare heroin shipment.