German authorities seized about 5,000 ecstasy pills shaped like President Donald Trump on Saturday. The orange tablets were being transported in a car by a 51-year-old Austrian father and his 17-year-old son.
The Donald Trump-shaped ecstasy tablets have been around for a couple of months, as Metro UK reported in July. Apparently, the tablets were being trafficked into the United Kingdom from Amsterdam. IKEA-shaped tablets are also being sold in Europe.
German police say the confiscated drugs have an approximate street value of $46,000. Police also confirmed they confiscated a “large sum of money” from the vehicle.
Orange ecstasy pills with Trump’s face had a street value of $46,000
Police officers stopped a vehicle Saturday night and found the Austrian father and son with over 5,000 ecstasy tablets shaped like Donald Trump’s head. The bust took place in the north-western city of Osnabruck. The drug dealers were arrested and brought before a judge Sunday.
Officials believe the drugs were being sold on the internet under the slogan “Trump makes partying great again.” In July, a source familiar with the British case of the Trump pills told The Star that these new ecstasy tablets are very popular.
“There are so many pills about these days with so many different names and brands to attract punters. It’s getting to be a game of ‘who’s got the coolest pill?’” the source told The Star. “I know for a fact the Donald Trumps are very popular because of who he is. Who’d have thought you can get an E in the shape of the U.S. president? Well, you can. And they are here.”
Ecstasy tablets commonly induce nausea, panic, agitation, and paranoia, and sometimes they can kill users. Experts in the UK warn the drug is getting stronger, which has led to a rise in the number of people going to the hospital for treatment for mental and behavioral issues.
IKEA ecstasy tablets have already claimed the life of a UK teen
In June, a UK teen died after taking a batch of IKEA-shaped ecstasy tablets. Officials in the UK have been warning against these pills for months, and while they have made some arrests and seized some drugs, the problem is ongoing and increasing.
“We strongly advise members of the public not to take these tablets in the interests of their health,” said a police statement from June following the overdose death of 18-year-old Kyle Pringle, according to Metro UK. “Anyone who does take the tablets and becomes unwell is urged to seek medical attention through their GP or in an emergency department.”
The pills seized over the weekend showed Trump’s face on one side, and his surname on the other side. German officials believe the father and son who trafficked the drugs into Germany traveled from the Netherlands, according to local media.