Meth heart-shaped rock found at traffic stop on Valentine’s Eve: Police


Meth heart-shaped rock found at traffic stop on Valentine’s Eve: Police


A heart-shaped methamphetamine rock was found at a traffic stop in Santa Cruz, California, the night before Valentine’s Day, police said.

Ashley Keehn, press information officer for the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, told Weekly newspaper Jorge Lopez, 35, was asked to get out of the car to speak to a responding deputy after being pulled over for a vehicle violation. As the suspect got back into the car, a cup containing methamphetamine fell out of his pocket and spilled onto the floor in front of his deputy, Keane said.

“We don’t think it’s the kind of rock your significant other suggested on Valentine’s Day…” read a Facebook post shared by the sheriff’s office.

Keane said Lopez was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possessing an illegal paraphernalia.

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The Facebook post was accompanied by a photo of the drug. The department estimates officials found about 30 grams of methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine is a stimulant that can come in several different forms, according to information compiled by the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The agencies say “regular methamphetamine” is a pill or powder, but methamphetamine is similar to shards of glass or “rocks” that vary in size.

methamphetaminePolice in Santa Cruz, Calif., said they found a methamphetamine rock shaped like a heart during a traffic stop on Valentine’s Eve. Above is a stock image of methamphetamine in a plastic bag. Sonny 11/iStock

The agencies said meth could be swallowed, smoked, injected or ingested.

“To enhance the effect, users may take higher doses of the drug, take it more frequently or change their intake patterns,” the agencies report.

They also say those who smoke or inject it may experience brief but intense sensations. Oral or snorting will result in a long-lasting orgasm rather than a rush, and may last up to half a day.

“Long-term methamphetamine use can lead to many damaging effects, including addiction,” the agencies said.

Frequent users also experience violent behavior, anxiety, and insomnia. They may also experience paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions, such as the sensation of insects running on or under the skin.

“Researchers report that up to 50 percent of dopamine-producing cells in the brain are damaged after prolonged exposure to relatively low levels of methamphetamine,” said the article compiled by the agencies.

High doses can lead to stroke, heart attack, or death from many organ problems caused by overheating.

“The stone weighs about half an ounce, we’re not sure how much it will convert to carats, but next year may just replace it with chocolate and roses,” the sheriff’s office’s Facebook post concluded.

This isn’t the first strange object police say they’ve found in a traffic stop recently.

Weekly newspaper A driver was pulled over in Utah due to a problem with his car’s headlights, according to reports. After police identified Victor Chavez-Zuniga’s driver’s license, they learned he had several valid search warrants.

They arrested him and handcuffed him. Police said officers searched his belongings and found a severed finger in his wallet.

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