/ June 30, 2008

What Are You In For? Baking Cookies…

Baking cookies for police officers appeared to be a noble deed, but adding illegal drugs to the mix is not exactly what the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization had in mind when they chose to assist Christian Phillips complete his community service hours. Someone probably should have questioned the troubled teen’s motives when he volunteered to bake for the same officers that charged him with assault last summer after striking an officer reporting to a noise violation. Phillips seemed innocent enough making sure to tell all the stations he visited he was representing MADD, but it wasn’t long before the officers realized all was not right with their baskets of treats. MADD was alerted immediately and warnings were sent out to other stations in the area after some suspected Phillips had laced the cookies with marijuana. Upon arriving at his next stop, eighteen year old Phillips was arrested and tests instead identified traces of LSD in the basket.

Though no one fell ill as a result of the tainted treats, officers still feel uneasy about how simple it was for the teen to expose so many to this dangerous drug. Needless to say, all departments in the area are rethinking their policies on allowing baked goods to be delivered at random, although they will be missed. As for Phillips, instead of fulfilling more community service hours, he will face anywhere from 2 to 20 years in prison in addition to up to $10,000 in fines. Apparently karate chopping an officer in the arm is a much wiser move than the second degree felony offense of tampering with cookies.

Source: MSNBC.com, NYtimes.com

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