Crack Pipes Often Disguised As Novelty Items At Stores

DETROIT (WWJ) – Be careful of what’s being sold under the counter.
Crack pipes are being sold at neighborhood stores from Detroit to the suburbs.

That’s according to  former Detroit police officer David Mahalab, who says the pipes are disguised as novelties.

“To avoid police detection and to try to avoid the law, they put a pen insert – (in) a glass tube, and try to evade the law, which talks about paraphernalia and stuff that has a second use,” says Mahalab.

Mahalab says they’re also disguised as a ballpoint pen or small glass vases with a rose sticking out of them. 

Mahalab says people may be surprised where the pipes are being sold.

“Dollar stores, gas stations, liquor stores, virtually every store in the 6th Precinct that I did enforcement with, were given a ticket and found guilty. I’ve seen them in Allen Park, Dearborn Heights and Garden City,” says Mahalab.

Mahalab says the pipe sales are lucrative, but bring crack addicts and crime to neighborhoods.

  • JohnnyFreedom

    Rampant unemployment and abject poverty; bulldozing neighborhoods and deteriorating ghettos; half of the population can’t read; and now crack pipes in convenience stores.

    Ah the fruits of liberalism, progressivism, socialism, and labor unions. Yes, a true socialist utopia is at hand. Soon to come to a city near you. All thanks to 100 years of progressivism and socialist-liberalism, and great political leaders like Wilson, FDR, Johnson, Carter, and yours truly Obama bin lyin’.

  • andrew

    old news. they have been selling pipes, screens, butane lighters, etc for decades at every corner store in SF for decades. and now you can legally buy weed and needles at stores and pharmacies too. people are going to do what they want to do.

  • tdrag

    Detroit…sounds like a great place for a nuclear bomb test.

  • Deskboy

    Sold by devout followers of the Prophet, no doubt.

  • Eric

    nothing new ANYWHERE. grow up.

  • PDJ

    You can ask Charlie Sheen but from what I know about crack if a person earning 30 million dollars a year found themselves addicted to rock, they would be driving around town in a $500 dollar car they owed money on with .75 cents worth of gas in the tank.

  • DougTheBug

    This has been happening for at least 10 years. Way to be on the ball CBS. Next at 7, Newsflash: Convenience stores also sell ALCOHOL!

  • Harlowe Thrombey

    Big Whoop De Dool

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  • Just Wondering

    I read recently where Dearborn was the US Muslim capital – more muslims and mosques per captia than anywhere else. If that’s the case, I’m surprised this is so prevelant in Dearborn (at least according to the cop in the story). I thought they were supposed to be better than the resut of us…

  • doug

    I read once that apples can be hollowed out and used to smoke marijuana. Yet apples are still legal. Ban apples now, or your children will have access to smoking parephenalia!!!

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  • Big Ed

    You NEED crack if you live in democrat party controlled Detroit.

    In fact, the democrat party posters on this thread are obviously all on crack as we speak.

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  • tony

    there is no recession just capitalistic slavery run by conservative generation money. That why the GOP want to balance the budget of America because they have made enough money off the poor and down trodden and do not want them to get on there feet. the banks , insurance co. law enforcement all in cohoots with each other . I want my five acres and a mule before yall try and balance the budget

  • Bill Brennan

    so evident that this country is near its collapse, certainly near its end of greatness. We deserve what we get as we’ve all let the next generation down. What about the people who have fought and died in defense of this nation… what a disgrace to their sacrifice. Were are our politicians? How have we allowed things to get this bad? We reap what we sow… so disenfranchised with our leaders, all of them…

  • Ian B. Russell

    This has nothing to do with Obama. Idiots!
    These crack pipes have been around since I was in high school in the late 90’s.

  • Trshack

    If I lived in Detroit, ruined city of run away liberalism, I would be smoking crack too. But I wouldnt live in Detroit….

  • bishop

    Race is everything, there is no truth–Benjamin Disraeli
    Culture is destiny–Lee Kuan Yew

  • bobby99

    And the news report yesterday said only 49% of the pride of Detroit can read and understand what they read.. Does the crack pipe help??

  • jerry

    I used to take tin foil , roll it to use as a hash pipe, hell we
    used toilet paper tubes as hash pipes so should we ban
    tin foil & paper tubes

  • gregd01

    I was just watching a show on TV called Hardcore Pawn. Its a reality show based out of Detroit. After watching that, I’m not surprised that these crack pipes are sold virtually anywhere in the ciy.

  • dillon

    This is a great example of how the “war” on drugs is a joke. This is such OLD news that every crackhead in the nation could possibly laugh themselves into a full recover upon hearing about this. These crackpipe products have been in corner stores for over 10 freaking years!!!!!

    This is News? Only for the absolutely ignorant. Journalism…pfff!

  • weew

    Detroit: Just have one big Devil’s Night and be done with it.

  • pugilist66

    This stuff has been going on in Uniontown, PA for a while. Just go to the A-Plus at
    55 Connellsville St. They sell the glass tubes and Chore Boy from behind the counter on a regular basis, and this is a known “crack” area.

  • Old geezer

    Heck, I saw these things at party stores fifteen years ago. Back when my old neighborhood was still livable. Four homes with families our of twenty four houses. Houses for sale for ten grand or less. And just ten years ago people were paying premium prices. Kwame Kilpatrick should hang by his thumbs on a daily basis.

  • Jeff Davis

    John Wilkes Booth was right!

  • MichaelEdits

    So you’re saying I should do my shopping in Detroit. Thanks for the tip.

  • Louis Cipher

    this is news? they’ve been doing this since the ’80s

  • alanwillingham

    Plastic is now illegal if it is not in a government approved shape… WOW!

  • JT

    You gotta be on crack to want to live in Detroit.

  • Jack

    Welcome to twenty years ago. How is this even news?

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  • Reason8200

    Just put a shelf of books by the items and no blks will go near them.

  • RufusVonDufus

    If only they could sell brains!

  • RufusVonDufus

    So white people never need food stamps or use crack? You really THAT stupid?

    No, Jon, we are not that stupid, but we realize that the ratio is about 1w to 1,000b’s! Blacks thrive on welfare. Don’t ask me for reparations, you fools have been getting them since Kennedy, Johnson and Carter. Wonderful Dem’s all!

  • RufusVonDufus

    Rob Crawford
    It has nothing to do with race. Only idiots use drugs, and idiocy is not associated with any “race”.
    If you are not kidding, you must be brain dead!

  • Ax

    Sounds like such a wonderful place to raise a family!!
    Blame Mayor Colman Young (D)

  • countingducks

    Shows how much I knew. I thought you meant cracked as in faulty. Shows you can learn something every day

  • Joe

    You conservative republicans are exactly as stupid as the liberal democrats. Ever try thinking outside your spoon-fed conveniently-labeled box?

  • BetterDeadThanRed

    Good, the only good Demarxist is a dead one. Keep smoking crack. Your MESSaih Obama aka Sotero wants you to kill whitey and smoke krak.

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