Sunday, July 17, 2005

Rocket launch scrubbed :: WaPo

File under: criminals, stupid

A pair of Kentucky men intended to give new meaning to the idea of a methamphetamine high, but they never fired their rocket.

Missouri State Highway Patrol officers, who stopped the two last month, spotted a curious wire leading from the passenger compartment of the Ford Thunderbird to the trunk. Opening the trunk, they saw a system of weights and pulleys connected to a platform.

On the platform was a three-foot rocket with eight motors.

The rocket's payload? Two pounds of methamphetamine.

"They had a remote igniter device. They thought they'd open the trunk, ignite it and get the contraband away from the scene," Lt. Vernon Dougan said. "It's not every day you find a large hobby rocket in the trunk of a vehicle, let alone one with drugs tied to it."
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The rocket launch was scrubbed.

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