Police answering a 911 call about a home invasion in East Vancouver Wednesday found no break-in suspects when they arrived but did find 107,000 ecstasy tablets, some imprinted with the Olympic rings.
The officers arrived to see the front door of the home kicked in and during a search for possible victims saw what appeared to be illicit drugs, Vancouver police Insp. Brad Desmarais said at a news conference Thursday.
“The officer saw large bags of multi-coloured pills in plain view, which the officer believed to be consistent with ecstasy,” Desmarais said.
Some of the tablets were stamped with peace signs and some with the Olympic rings.
Vancouver’s Olympic organizing committee has vigorously pursued unlicensed use of the Olympic rings symbol in the past and a spokesman said it was aware of the Vancouver police seizure.
“This illustrates that there are and will be unscrupulous uses of the Olympic marks,” said Bill Cooper, VANOC’s director of commercial rights management. “Like the Vancouver Police, we will continue to be diligent in our surveillance and rigorous followup.”
The article goes on to say this was one of the top 5 busts in Vancouver – ever. Think about that for a second. One of the biggest busts ever was basically an accident. Police stumbled upon these pills. A million dollars worth. Makes you wonder just how many houses in Vancouver, let alone Canada, have those kinds of quantities of illicit substances in them right now. I bet it is a lot more than anyone could imagine.
And I have to admit that the idea of VANOC being diligent about unauthorized use of the Olympic rings on MDMA makes me chuckle.