A golden foil-looking packet contained what has been field tested as the drug LSD with a typed message, “TAKE A TRIP BEYOND THE PIGPEN.” Provided photo

Several disturbing incidents directed at law enforcements agents in St. Lawrence County occurred this past weekend, and hopefully investigators will track down the culprits.

Someone left a gold packet attached to the front door of the St. Lawrence County Public Safety Building, 49 ½ Court St. in Canton, on Sunday morning. The substance inside the packet field tested as LSD.

A typed message was placed on the packet reading, “TAKE A TRIP AROUND THE PIGPEN.” Similar packets were found that morning at the Potsdam, Norfolk and Norwood police departments.

“These cowardly acts towards all law enforcement are not going to be tolerated and to whomever this individual or individuals are, should be assured that we will be doing everything within our power to seek you out and hold you accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” St. Lawrence County Undersheriff Sean P. O’Brien in a news release.

“The sheriff’s office is the lead investigating agency and is working in conjunction with state police, Potsdam, Norfolk and Norwood police and District Attorney Gary M. Pasqua, as well as federal law enforcement partners,” according to a story published Sunday by the Watertown Daily Times. “This is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office leads desk at 315-379-2428. If anonymity is of concern, please submit a tip on the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office app.”

Leaving a packet containing LSD outside is dangerous. It’s good that law enforcement agents confiscated them before someone else found then and ingested the hallucinogenic drug.

Since we don’t know who the offender is, we cannot speculate on a possible motive for such a vulgar act. But demeaning police officers is unacceptable.

Many people across the country are debating how to reform law enforcement practices, and this may lead to positive results. But we all need to uphold the dignity of those who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. They play a vital role in maintaining order in a civil society, and we owe them the respect they deserve for doing their part so well.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1


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"A typed message was placed on the packet reading, “TAKE A TRIP AROUND THE PIGPEN.”" Actually, the typed message was "TAKE A TRIP BEYOND THE PIGPEN", which is clearly visible in the accompanying photo. With all possible respect, I have to ask: Who is it that can't be bothered to edit these editorials competently? It isn't that hard. Just pay attention! GET BACK TO BASICS!


Hard to take this story seriously.

First, the evidence was "field tested" and identified as 'LSD'. Field tests are mostly colorimetric; anything with a similar chemical structure - or part of a structure - will give a "positive" result.

Second, those little gold purses appear to be bulging. A high (large) dose of LSD is 250 MICROGRAMS, which is barely visible to the naked eye. What else in in the purses?

Taken together, it's most likely that the identification is unreliable - at best. Rather than destroy (and waste) the limited sample, it would have been better to send it for NMR and mass spec analysis to get the right answer. Since there are supposedly four samples, it may still be possible to do the forensic analysis correctly.

At least we can take comfort in the rapidity with which, the four police departments, although widely separated, independently discovered the intrusions and then communicated with each other to solve the crime. Quite remarkable, isn't it?

Holmes -- the real one


Ehrlich's reagent is NOT specific to LSD. ANY indole, including the amino acid tryptophan and psilocybin (from magic mushrooms), will give a positive test result.

Ehrlich's reagent or Ehrlich reagent is a reagent that contains p-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde (DMAB) and thus can act as an indicator to presumptively identify indoles and urobilinogen. Several Ehrlich tests use the reagent in a medical test; some are drug tests and others contribute to diagnosis of various diseases or adverse drug reactions. A very common Ehrlich test is a simple spot test to identify possible psychoactive compounds such as tryptamines (e.g. DMT) and ergoloids (e.g. LSD). The reagent will also give a positive result for opium, despite the opiates not containing the indole functional group, because of the presence of tryptophan in natural opium.[1] It is named after Nobel Prize winner Paul Ehrlich who used it to distinguish typhoid from simple diarrhoea. - Wikipedia entry....


LSD makes you kind of crazy. Is this really what the police need?

Holmes -- the real one

Good point. Very unlikely that someone who was skeptical of general police behavior and insight would go for an intervention like this.

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