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(Some Guy)   Police looking for stolen iPads seize 750 pounds of meth, with a street value of $34 million, or two months of AT&T data charges   (paloaltoonline.com) divider line 56
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2012-03-03 03:05:59 AM  
Guess there really is an app for that....
 
2012-03-03 03:21:05 AM  
If they're sitting on $34,000,000 worth of meth, why the fark are they stealing $500 iPads?
 
2012-03-03 11:43:28 AM  

clancifer: If they're sitting on $34,000,000 worth of meth, why the fark are they stealing $500 iPads?


iPads are 53% pseudoephedrine.
 
2012-03-03 12:04:59 PM  
God damn it

Its already hard to find a good meth supplier in Maine
 
2012-03-03 12:31:46 PM  
How many police officers do you need to carry 700lbs of meth back to the station?
 
2012-03-03 12:48:48 PM  
Be on the lookout for a thin white male wearing all black with a black rimmed hat.
 
2012-03-03 12:48:57 PM  
Or 2 printer ink cartridges, AMIRITE? ROFLOLTROLOLOL!!1!!!!!!11!
 
2012-03-03 12:50:15 PM  
Nice headline :)

Speaking of that, I have an iPhone with insane AT&T data charges, and my 2 year contract is over. Is there an Android plan with more cost effective data charges?
 
2012-03-03 12:51:51 PM  

Ed Finnerty: clancifer: If they're sitting on $34,000,000 worth of meth, why the fark are they stealing $500 iPads?

iPads are 53% pseudoephedrine.


That explains why I can never put my iPad down.
 
2012-03-03 12:55:16 PM  

BumpInTheNight: How many police officers do you need to carry 700lbs of meth back to the station?


About two if you cut it down to 699 pounds.. maybe even the one.

Also, no Los Pollos Hermanos image yet?
 
2012-03-03 12:55:55 PM  
I'm confused. My iPhone plan is unlimited data/text/voice for $85/mo and my iPad is $30/mo for 2gb. Either farkers are farking poor or have unrealistic expectations about what shiat should cost.
 
2012-03-03 12:59:26 PM  

bmihura: Nice headline :)

Speaking of that, I have an iPhone with insane AT&T data charges, and my 2 year contract is over. Is there an Android plan with more cost effective data charges?


Sprint. Unlimited data that's actually unlimited. (The rest of the company sucks BTW, so be sure that's an overriding concern).

/Is Virgin still unlimited? If they are, go with them because they're about half the price.
//Also, Verizon might be cheaper and has most of the good phones.
 
2012-03-03 01:00:42 PM  

kabar: I'm confused. My iPhone plan is unlimited data/text/voice for $85/mo and my iPad is $30/mo for 2gb. Either farkers are farking poor or have unrealistic expectations about what shiat should cost.


My iPhone plane is $50/month for unlimited data, text, voice. Your move.
 
2012-03-03 01:01:24 PM  

bmihura: Nice headline :)

Speaking of that, I have an iPhone with insane AT&T data charges, and my 2 year contract is over. Is there an Android plan with more cost effective data charges?


Verizon recently had a promotion where you got 4GB of data per month for the regular price of 2GB if you get a new LTE phone. That might still be going on.
 
2012-03-03 01:04:21 PM  

darwinpolice: bmihura: Nice headline :)

Speaking of that, I have an iPhone with insane AT&T data charges, and my 2 year contract is over. Is there an Android plan with more cost effective data charges?

Verizon recently had a promotion where you got 4GB of data per month for the regular price of 2GB if you get a new LTE phone. That might still be going on.


I saw a commercial last night that it is still going on. and they have the Razor Max with a battery they claim will last all day and all night. I am really thinking about upgrading to that phone.
 
2012-03-03 01:04:27 PM  
iPad. Not even once.
 
2012-03-03 01:04:30 PM  
If you have a sane carrier (Sprint or T-Mobile), your data charges shouldnt be screwy.

Sounds like they sold the iPads to buy that meth.

/T-Mobile with a sane data plan.
//Cant get a replacement for it though.
///Unless $6 flat-rate & smartphone agnostic 3G/4G data can be found
 
2012-03-03 01:12:55 PM  
A 5GB plan through ATT is $50 per month, which equals $100 for two months (minus taxes and other ridiculous fees of course).

Two months worth of meth (assuming 40mg per day use set at the police estimated value) would equal $239.86.

Clearly, the AT&T plan is the better value unless you wanted to cut your daily meth use in half.
 
2012-03-03 01:15:10 PM  

bmihura: Nice headline :)

Speaking of that, I have an iPhone with insane AT&T data charges, and my 2 year contract is over. Is there an Android plan with more cost effective data charges?


My only experience with data is with Tmobile.

It has been changing rapidly enough in the last year that I cannot absolutely speak for your experience but I doubt it will be positive. In that time they have changed the due date on our bills to about 15 days earlier than when I started with them, they have dropped the price on new accounts to about half of what I am paying as an established customer, and also recently decided that data roaming was going to get asinine. Basically, there are limits to how much data you can use at 4g speed, even if you are on an unlimited plan (probably not a shocker to most of you). Under the new rules, there is now an even smaller limit to how much data you can use if you are roaming and using data- you get something like 5mb (though this is tiered based on your level of service- but as I recall the highest you will get is 5mb) of 4G speed roaming and after that from what I understand you are actually cut off from data until you return to a tmobile service area, or until the next billing cycle, whichever comes first.

While I do understand they are a company and they are trying to realize a profit, it is kind of farked up to sell me a service like "unlimited data" and then not only put limits on it, but to then change those limits again later to make them even more restrictive- all the while billing me the same amount that they always have even though the terms of my service have changed and I may get less service. I live in a metropolitan area that is relatively well serviced so the practical impact is pretty small, but it may be a consideration for you.

Plus, if you move to an Android platform, you are moving to Google, and all the fun stuff that they are starting to pull in regards to privacy.
 
2012-03-03 01:16:23 PM  
i43.tinypic.com
 
2012-03-03 01:18:29 PM  

darwinpolice: bmihura: Nice headline :)

Speaking of that, I have an iPhone with insane AT&T data charges, and my 2 year contract is over. Is there an Android plan with more cost effective data charges?

Verizon recently had a promotion where you got 4GB of data per month for the regular price of 2GB if you get a new LTE phone. That might still be going on.


Just checked and on their webpage $30 a month for 4gb is still available.
 
2012-03-03 01:34:56 PM  

Callous: darwinpolice: bmihura: Nice headline :)

Speaking of that, I have an iPhone with insane AT&T data charges, and my 2 year contract is over. Is there an Android plan with more cost effective data charges?

Verizon recently had a promotion where you got 4GB of data per month for the regular price of 2GB if you get a new LTE phone. That might still be going on.

I saw a commercial last night that it is still going on. and they have the Razor Max with a battery they claim will last all day and all night. I am really thinking about upgrading to that phone.


Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the best phone they have right now on VZ, the 4.0 ICS operating system makes it worth it. Pure android is the best way to go in the Android world and anything below 4.0 is junk at this point and not nearly as refined or clean.
 
2012-03-03 01:36:10 PM  
Does anyone really believe these kinds of stories? This is on par with the we stopped this car because it had a taillight out and inside was 50mil in drugs. These people are being watched and they wanted a way to make it look like we don't know what the large drug dealers are up to.
 
2012-03-03 01:44:58 PM  
www.usmm.org

Cops don't "accidentally find" major drug shipments.
 
2012-03-03 01:50:50 PM  
What TNel said.

/nine minutes. Feh.
 
2012-03-03 01:55:45 PM  
When I think of something that costs too much for its size, the first 2 things that come to mind is meth & Apple products.
 
2012-03-03 02:07:35 PM  
Ipads, what the heck? I guess it was just a stash house and the stolen shiat was their main gig. I'm not sayin meth dealers are smart. But someone who got millions in mexican meth in the us isn't a moron. You would think they would plan that out better.

big accidental busts do happen. There was a guy around here with a huge multi grow house op that got busted because his dumb ass threatened/hit a neighbor over some stupid yard issue, cops came to arrest him guess he wouldnt leave the house. They went in with a warrant.
 
2012-03-03 02:11:18 PM  
I hear the police seized 300 pounds of meth with a street value of 300 million dollars. Is this where we're talking about that?
 
2012-03-03 02:12:20 PM  

TheGhostofFarkPast: Callous: darwinpolice: bmihura: Nice headline :)

Speaking of that, I have an iPhone with insane AT&T data charges, and my 2 year contract is over. Is there an Android plan with more cost effective data charges?

Verizon recently had a promotion where you got 4GB of data per month for the regular price of 2GB if you get a new LTE phone. That might still be going on.

I saw a commercial last night that it is still going on. and they have the Razor Max with a battery they claim will last all day and all night. I am really thinking about upgrading to that phone.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the best phone they have right now on VZ, the 4.0 ICS operating system makes it worth it. Pure android is the best way to go in the Android world and anything below 4.0 is junk at this point and not nearly as refined or clean.


I got the Galaxy Nexus. I've been nothing but happy with it so far, but I've heard pretty great things about the RAZR Maxx, too.
 
2012-03-03 02:22:47 PM  
"Busted tailight" is just cop-speak for "ongoing undercover operation".
 
2012-03-03 02:40:32 PM  

myinternetname: When I think of something that costs too much for its size, the first 2 things that come to mind is meth cocaine & Apple products, inkjet printer ink.

 
2012-03-03 03:12:46 PM  

studebaker hoch: "Busted tailight" is just cop-speak for "ongoing undercover operation".


Apartments don't have taillights.
 
2012-03-03 03:31:24 PM  
I lived directly across the street from that apartment complex for almost seven years, moved away two months ago. We'd always refer to The Woods residents as "those ghetto farks".
 
2012-03-03 03:36:16 PM  
I hear that there's a 'Yard sale' at Officier Bordeax's house.

/Ipads and sundries
//Ya gotta ask for the sundries
 
2012-03-03 04:01:04 PM  

myinternetname: When I think of something that costs too much for its size, the first 2 things that come to mind is meth & Apple products.


As much as I've spent on App/Android stores and impulse purchases from my phone, meth might be cheaper.
 
2012-03-03 04:30:44 PM  
If only you could pay your AT&T bill with meth.
 
2012-03-03 04:56:54 PM  
Rule #1. One crime at a time.
 
2012-03-03 05:28:14 PM  
Great Reporting!

The article doesn't say whether they found the iPad.
 
2012-03-03 05:31:02 PM  
as an employee of deathstar communications, getting kicks, etc
 
2012-03-03 05:36:06 PM  

TehNacho: It has been changing rapidly enough in the last year that I cannot absolutely speak for your experience but I doubt it will be positive. In that time they have changed the due date on our bills to about 15 days earlier than when I started with them, they have dropped the price on new accounts to about half of what I am paying as an established customer, and also recently decided that data roaming was going to get asinine. Basically, there are limits to how much data you can use at 4g speed, even if you are on an unlimited plan (probably not a shocker to most of you). Under the new rules, there is now an even smaller limit to how much data you can use if you are roaming and using data- you get something like 5mb (though this is tiered based on your level of service- but as I recall the highest you will get is 5mb) of 4G speed roaming and after that from what I understand you are actually cut off from data until you return to a tmobile service area, or until the next billing cycle, whichever comes first.


Kind of makes me wish that Sprint (who still has proper flat-rate) had a decent keyboard slider that was as open as Nokia's N900.

Screen-side keyboards just don't cut it.
 
2012-03-03 06:13:09 PM  
Was the warrant for meth or ipads? can they take the meth as evidence if it wasn't or do they have to put it back?
 
2012-03-03 06:23:31 PM  
So, I guess they are saying that it'll set ya back $2,500 per ounce of meth. You know, somehow I just doubt that.
 
2012-03-03 06:57:37 PM  
Anybody know a good source for ACTUAL average street values of drugs? I realize they fluctuate a lot but I'm always curious what the actual price is. It sure as hell ain't 34 million if retarded hicks in alabammy can cook it up.
 
2012-03-03 06:57:43 PM  

clancifer: If they're sitting on $34,000,000 worth of meth, why the fark are they stealing $500 iPads?


When you can't sleep, you'll steal just about anything.
 
2012-03-03 07:49:10 PM  
i43.tinypic.com

/Oblig
 
2012-03-03 07:50:36 PM  

TheBigJerk: Anybody know a good source for ACTUAL average street values of drugs? I realize they fluctuate a lot but I'm always curious what the actual price is. It sure as hell ain't 34 million if retarded hicks in alabammy can cook it up.


No, silly, because it depends so much on the purity. The cop value, much as we mock it around here, is often much higher per gram because when they grab it from the suppliers, it's usually much purer than it will be when it hits the street. Meth that is 50% pure is going to be much more expensive per gram than the 10% purity it's going to be when it hits the street. So the cops figure the price assuming that it's going to be cut down to street purity. Ergo, half a pound of 50% meth will eventually be however many grams of 10% street meth and that's the eleventy gazillion dollars the cops claim they found.

For the rest, why you'd think an idiot in Alabama couldn't make it is beyond me. Anyone who can follow a recipe can make meth.
 
2012-03-03 10:34:54 PM  
Damn, if they take meth off the streets, how am I going to make pseudophedrine (new window).
 
2012-03-03 11:16:16 PM  

Gyrfalcon: TheBigJerk: Anybody know a good source for ACTUAL average street values of drugs? I realize they fluctuate a lot but I'm always curious what the actual price is. It sure as hell ain't 34 million if retarded hicks in alabammy can cook it up.

No, silly, because it depends so much on the purity. The cop value, much as we mock it around here, is often much higher per gram because when they grab it from the suppliers, it's usually much purer than it will be when it hits the street. Meth that is 50% pure is going to be much more expensive per gram than the 10% purity it's going to be when it hits the street. So the cops figure the price assuming that it's going to be cut down to street purity. Ergo, half a pound of 50% meth will eventually be however many grams of 10% street meth and that's the eleventy gazillion dollars the cops claim they found.

For the rest, why you'd think an idiot in Alabama couldn't make it is beyond me. Anyone who can follow a recipe can make meth.


The police do not test for purity. They use a simple reagent test (Marquis reagent) to check if something is a drug or not. This field test is often the only test done.
 
2012-03-03 11:26:59 PM  

sethstorm: TehNacho: It has been changing rapidly enough in the last year that I cannot absolutely speak for your experience but I doubt it will be positive. In that time they have changed the due date on our bills to about 15 days earlier than when I started with them, they have dropped the price on new accounts to about half of what I am paying as an established customer, and also recently decided that data roaming was going to get asinine. Basically, there are limits to how much data you can use at 4g speed, even if you are on an unlimited plan (probably not a shocker to most of you). Under the new rules, there is now an even smaller limit to how much data you can use if you are roaming and using data- you get something like 5mb (though this is tiered based on your level of service- but as I recall the highest you will get is 5mb) of 4G speed roaming and after that from what I understand you are actually cut off from data until you return to a tmobile service area, or until the next billing cycle, whichever comes first.

Kind of makes me wish that Sprint (who still has proper flat-rate) had a decent keyboard slider that was as open as Nokia's N900.

Screen-side keyboards just don't cut it.


I am such a dumbass. I actually still have the email, and I was wrong the 5mb isn't the cap;

Important Notice about Domestic Data Use While Off the T-Mobile Network

Beginning on April 5, 2012 there will be a limit on the amount of data that can be used while a T-Mobile customer's device is connected to another provider's network ("off network" or "domestic romaing"). Customers that are domestically roaming will receive free text message usage alerts for data. If the roaming data limit is exceeded for a Rate Plan, then data service will be suspended from off-network roaming until the start of the next bill cycle or a qualifying change is made to the Rate Plan. This will not impact: (1) voice usage, and (2) data usage on the T-Mobile network.

To determine domestic roaming areas, see the T-Mobile data coverage map by visiting www.T-Mobile.com/Coverage. The domestic roaming data allowance for each Rate Plan is outlined in the chart below. To use this chart, review the Current Rate Plan Full Speed Data Allotment column to identify the megabytes (MB) or gigabytes (GB) included in your Rate Plan, and then see the domestic roaming data usage limit that applies on the right. The megabytes of gigabytes for a Rate Plan can often be found by reviewing the Available Service section on page 1 of the bill (ex: Classic Simple 200MB Data Promo) or by dialing #WEB# send from your mobile phone.
Current Rate Plan Full Speed Data Allotment New Domestic Off Network (Romaing) Data Limit
1MB to 199MB 5MB
200MB to 1.99GB 10MB
2GB to 4.99GB 50MB
5GB to 9.99GB 100MB
10GB and above 200MB
Mobile Web Pay Per Use 10MB

Off-network data use may occur even when you are within the T-Mobile coverage area. See T-Mobile.com for directions on how to update device settings to avoid domestic roaming and for more information about this notice. Review Sections 3-5 of T-Mobile's Terms and Conditions available at T-Mobile.com for information on your rights (which may include early service cancellation) as a T-Mobile customer. Please retain a copy of this notice for your records. © 2012 T-Mobile USA, Inc.
 
2012-03-03 11:53:13 PM  
.... thus creating a $34m market opportunity for the next thug that comes along.

The War On Drugs(tm) .... "winning since 1971"
 
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