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Jamaican police clampdown on snorting soap powder ‘cocaine’

cocaine soap

SHARON Jaddoo, 44, packed 4 oil drum with goods for her partially sighted aunt in Kingston, Jamaica. The supplies included: cooking oil, rice, custard, teabags, toothpaste and Prudax washing powder.

Mrs Jaddo, who lives in Birmingham, spent £770 on the goods and £370 more to  transport the goods her aunt never received in full. When the lot arrived in jamaica, customs officers identified the washing powder as cocaine. Says Mrs Jaddo:

‘‘How stupid can you be? Hasn’t anyone told them you don’t smuggle drugs into Jamaica, you smuggle drugs out of Jamaica?”

We’d like to think that at that point Mr Jaddo held up a huge package marked “Love from Aunty Mavis”. But she didn’t.

Instead, we hark back to a 2002 article in the Jamaica Gleaner, now required reading amongst that country’s border patrollers:

Tony Hendriks, contributor

Every pair of my underpants I own is now squeaky clean!

You can see through them clearly and if you hold them up to the light they sparkle.

There are no drip marks and if you were to rub a slightly damp finger round the edge of the waistband you may get a high-pitched note to resonate forth…

I knew we use tablets not powder (I listen) so like Moses I scoured the place for tablets but found only two such boxes and the one I finally chose boasted power to clean away hard stains like dried egg and baked cheese.

“Wow”, I thought, these English people have some strange eating habits and their soap powder caters for them but if it can move egg and cheese it sure as shirt can shift my under-stains…

It did a good job too, not that I had egg on my shorts or cheese on my toes but it didn’t smell as nice as a usual powders do. I figured it must just be fragrance-free. It was because I’d bought dishwasher tablets.

Locally known as Ecstasy tablets…

PS – Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB, GBL, And 1,4-BD) is nicknamed ‘soap‘.

Posted: 27th, July 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment


David Starkey Sees A Jamaican Armada: Henry VIII Was A Black Homicidal Maniac

I’M sorry to see that ‘historian’ Dr David Starkey is in the Twitter stocks for his metaphorisation of black skin for criminality. His problem is that he has never to my knowledge written a history of a black homicidal maniac. If only Elizabeth I or her dad Henry VIII – his favourite book and TV topics – had been black he might now be metaphorising white skin for criminality: strange how chance, circumstance and schooling play a part in our avowed certainties and comforts.

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Posted: 15th, August 2011 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (8)


Gay Men And Lesbians Ordered To Leave Jamaican Town On ‘Gay Eradication Day’

safezonestopsignTHE Jamaica Star has a message for homosexuals: “GAYS MUST LEAVE TODAY”.

Today has been proclaimed ‘Gay Eradication Day’ by residents of the McGregor Gully community in East Kingston. Residents say that they will be taking action as a two-week notice given to all gays and lesbians to flee the community has now expired.

It can be hard to identify who is and who is not gay. The Gully locals’ plan might be to see who flees then: a) send out a posse; b) lock the town’s gates; or c) see if there’s enough demand for an organic coffee shop.

A local explains:

“Yu nuh si seh dem waa mash up di place an gi wi bad name, me haffi protect my yute dem from dem type a influence deh,” one resident said while pointing out that they will not sit back and watch while their community falls into disrepute.

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Posted: 2nd, November 2009 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)