In a move that would have had the "old" Whitney Houston screaming for receipts, Indiana drug dealer Anthony Salinas, 18, has begun levying transportation fees on all sales of cocaine. Specifically, the fuel surcharge resulted in a nearly 12 percent rise the purchase price of a quarter-ounce of the stimulant, up to $240 from the previous $215. Whether or not Salinas' products were of the finest, Colombian-sourced variety is unknown.
A confidential police source was dismayed, like so many Americans frustrated with increased costs of living, when he stumbled upon this unfortunate market reality in June. Economic realities forced Salinas to tell the source, who purchased from Salinas twice, that he would have to pay "$25.00 gas money to deliver the cocaine." This according to the court affadavit, a copy of which may be found on The Smoking Gun.
We cannot confirm that news of these surcharges has led to street demonstrations and protests across party hotspots in L.A., New York, and San Francisco, but we're waiting for word.--Colin Mathews