Drug dealers in Brazil conceived what they may have thought as a brilliant marketing ploy: cash in on the death of British songbird Amy Winehouse, by using her image to sell drugs.
Brazilian police officers found bags of cocaine during a raid in the town of Manginhos, in the northern area of Rio de Janeiro. The raid yielded several bags of cocaine, which had a photo of the singer inserted inside, but was labeled “Amy House.” They also found several bags of marijuana and crack cocaine. Aside from Winehouse’s photo, slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was also used by the drug dealers.
Winehouse has had trouble with drugs and alcohol, and these, at times, outshone her talent. In her single “Rehab,” Winehouse sang about her issues, as well as her reluctance to undergo treatment.
Lieutenant Colonel Glaucio Moreira, who led the police raid, shared: “Since there is so much information in the media that she was a drug user, the traffickers have taken advantage of this to market their cocaine.”Aside from drugs, police also found grenades and automatic weapons. The bags of cocaine with the picture of Winehouse in front are being sold between 10-25 reals, which are about $6-16.
Rio is set to host the 2014 football World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. Over the past three years, Rio authorities have been pushing through the slums, or favelas, in an attempt to ensure that at the time of the two big sporting events, there will be no crime and violence.