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Ecstasy found in a used game manual.

Posted by Apocalyptic Bukkake on April 8, 2009


A father of two spoke today of his anger at discovering four ecstasy pills inside a computer game bought from a High Street chain store.

Richard Thornhill, 34, has demanded answers to how the illegal drugs found their way under the front cover of X-Box game Grand Theft Auto 4, which he bought from Gamestation in Cheltenham.

Mr Thornhill and his wife Lesley were left shaken by the discovery and concerned for the safety of their 12-year-old son Jamie whom they allow to play the game.

The couple claim Gamestation’s initial response was to tell them to “flush the drugs down the toilet”.

Mr Thornhill said he and his brother Lee both bought pre-owned copies of the game on special offer on Sunday, and it was later in the evening he made the shocking discovery.

He said: “I was going to put it away and a felt a lump on the front cover. Inside the instruction booklet was a ball of shrinkwrap, or clingfilm.

“I thought it was just a ball of clingfilm, but then I realised there were tablets inside. I instantly felt sick.

“They had Mitsubishi signs on them, which I recalled meant they were ecstasy pills. I wasn’t 100% sure though, so I checked online and sure enough I was right – it was ecstasy.

“What made me feel the most distraught was the fact we let our 12-year-old son play the game. Worse case scenario is he could have swallowed those pills.

“He plays racing games as well, which have Mitsubishi cars in them, so he could have just thought they were something fun – like sweets.”

Mr Thornhill, an assistant manager at Hirebase in Cheltenham, said Gamestation initially avoided any responsibility – and told him and his wife to flush the drugs down the toilet.

Mrs Thornhill persisted with the company and eventually contacted the area manager whom she claimed invited her to hand the drugs over to Gamestation so they could destroy them.

The panicked couple were not comfortable with this course of action and contacted Gloucestershire Police. Officers came to their home in Gloucester to collect the pills.

Mr Thornhill added: “My wife was distraught and livid. We both want to know how this sort of thing can possibly happen. Finding illegal drugs in a computer game is the last thing you expect to happen when you get home.

“We’d like to see Gamestation carrying out more thorough checks of the games they accept, rather than having a quick glance at the disc inside.”

Gamestation buys and sells new and pre-owned games for a number of consoles.

A spokesman for the store said: “We have rigorous procedures for accepting pre-owned titles and checking them before they are put back on sale.

“We have launched an investigation and will work closely with Cheltenham police to find out what happened.”

A spokeswoman for Gloucestershire Police said: “We collected the tablets and destroyed them. Although forensic tests were not conducted, it was more than likely they were ecstasy pills.”

Via mirror.

It’s quite ironic to find drugs in a game manual of the genre where you sell drugs, steal cars, shoot people and other various crimes that you can get away with through a simple cheat code, in the form of a button combination. The idea of a 12 year old child under the influence of drugs may not be rare, but it still brings an amusing image to my head.

Taking the spokesman’s words into account, I find it hard to believe that most of the employees would actually take the time to do a careful inspection upon the second hand games since the workers at such an establishment usually compose of apathetic students working part-time.


One Response to “Ecstasy found in a used game manual.”

  1. George Lucas The 2nd said

    drugs are awesome!

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