"Love Roses": Cocaine Pipes?

By Nicole Pence

June 18, 2010 Updated Jan 11, 2008 at 6:28 PM EST

They cost less than two bucks and can be purchased at some local convenience stores -- glass pipes that critics say can be used to smoke crack cocaine or methamphetamine. As Nicole Pence reports, stores that sell the pipes may soon be the target of a boycott.

It's a pretty little rose, encased in a glass tube, and only costs the consumer about a dollar fifty at local gas stations.

But, Reverend Michael Latham, the leader of the local NAACP Chapter, says these "love roses" are littering our streets and damaging our community.

Rev. Michael Latham: "Take it out. Don't sell it. And, understand it's being used to for smoking crack cocaine. I think Fort Wayne has a real serious crack problem."

Latham is calling for a boycott of at least three gas stations in Fort Wayne after calling the owners to complain.

Rev. Michael Latham: "We are not going to tolerate it. That you don't have us come put gas in our cars, fill up on expansive gas and then you turn around and sell something to citizens who have that issue."

Nicole Pence/Indiana's NewsCenter: "Latham says any crack addict can walk into a gas station, put five dollars down, and everything he or she needs to smoke their drug. I walked into this gas station behind me and bought two "love roses". Even though these are not illegal, Latham argues the owners know exactly what they are selling and what the people on the streets are using them for."

Rev. Michael Latham: "Gas and other stuff. Not selling these won't hurt them financially."

Mark Souder/Congressman, 3rd District: "I support a boycott. That's voluntary consumer decision."

Co-Chair of the House Drug Policy Caucus, Souder thinks Latham's plan is a good one. The Congressman hopes to go one step further in the near future with a law banning hidden drug compartments, like these.

Mark Souder/Congressman, 3rd District: "I believe when something is used solely for illegal purposes, it should be illegal."

The local NAACP Chapter will meet Monday night to vote on the boycott.

Indiana’s NewsCenter was unable to get a comment from the owner of the gas station where we bought the "love roses."




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