New York drug dealers ride 'Twilight' high with vampire-themed heroin
New York drug dealers hoping for a bite of the lucrative “Twilight” franchise are preying on young fans already addicted to the vampire phenomenon, officials said yesterday.
Baggies of heroin stamped “Twilight” and featuring a cartoon likeness of actor Robert Pattinson surfaced in Hempstead, Long Island, and are making their way through New York City, Drug Enforcement Administration officials said.
The drugs, purchased by the DEA two months ago at a bus stop, likely come from a city drug mill, said John P. Gilbride, New York’s special agent in charge. Tens of thousands of “Twilight” bags are probably on the streets, he said.
“They’re selling heroin with the brand name of ‘Twilight’ in order to be attractive to teenagers and young adults,” Gilbride said, who added that heroin deaths are spiking in the region.
Oddly enough, in the first “Twilight” movie, vampire Edward tells human love interest Bella that her blood is his “own personal brand of heroin.”
Sequel “New Moon” has smashed box office records and claimed the third best opening weekend with more than $140 million. Only “The Dark Knight” and “Spider-Man 3” have had bigger openings.