Accused drug dealer Barnabas Davis was apparently hoping to stand out from his competition by capitalizing on global paranoia.
When police in Toms River, New Jersey, arrested Davis, 47, on Monday, they allegedly discovered 633 wax folds of heroin as well as “trademark” stamps that marked the packets with the brand name “Ebola.”
Investigators said they got a tip about drug dealing taking place in the rear suites of the Ramada Inn along Route 9 and executed a search warrant of Davis’ room, NBC Philadelphia reports.
The Ebola-branded heroin doesn’t actually contain the deadly virus. It’s just a way for customers to ask for a specific type of heroin, according to Toms River police officer Ralph Stocco.
“Different dealers have different potencies and products. Many times they are labeled with catchy phrases,” Stocco told the Daily News. “In the past we have had Bin Laden, Hello Kitty, D.O.A., Twin Towers, 911, gumball, pow, etc.”
Davis — known as “Hammer” by some — was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of crack cocaine and possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, according to .
He was taken to the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $300,000 bail.
Investigators say the Ramada Inn had no knowledge or involvement in Davis’ alleged drug dealing and cooperated in the investigation, 6abc.com reports.
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