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Alleged Dealer High on Drugs Makes an Ass of Himself, Gets Arrested

Edward A. Kirk III

Edward A. Kirk III

On November 1, 2012, police in Greenwood, Indiana, were responding to a call about a disturbance and a possible drug overdose when they came across Edward A. Kirk III: Man under the influence. Refreshingly, he was not under the influence of any of those new-fangled drugs like Spice or Bath Salts that have come to be associated with zombie-like violence and cannibalism. Kirk was high on good old fashioned LSD and was experiencing some of the more amusing types of side effects associated with the drug’s use. Specifically Kirk was running through the parking lot yelling that his home was filled with aliens and that he was being chased by dinosaurs. Also, he was really, really chatty.

Once officers got Kirk, 19, to his apartment he invited them inside saying that he had taken 30 hits of acid, the he was “tripping,” and that he though the whole world should “trip.” According to the police report, “Without prompting, Kirk said he had thousands of hits of acid in a box on the floor,” that he called “his stash.” Police looked around, and sure enough not only did he have plenty of LSD, but cactuses, that he helpfully explained “contained mescaline and was similar to peyote.” Officers also saw three lines of a white powdery substance and a rolled up bill alongside a vial of blue pills on a desk, and two marijuana cigarettes on the floor. They also found the veterinary anesthetic ketamine, the hallucinogen DMT and psilocybin mushrooms according to police.

While Kirk talked about “aliens” and told the officers “he was certain aliens existed and offered to show them the aliens in his apartment,” police became concerned that there might have been a lab on the premises, which could have posed a danger to everyone in the building. Kirk said he was not manufacturing LSD, but merely selling it for money. He called it doing the “people’s work.” Kirk was however processing something described as an opaque “tar-like substance” in tubes in an unplugged refrigerator. Kirk was arrested for possession of cocaine or narcotic drug, possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a common nuisance, reckless possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct. In light of his condition, Kirk was taken to a hospital and medically checked before being taken to the lockup. He was released after posting a $40,000 bond.

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