The drug ecstasy is supposed to make you happy. So is Cookie Monster. So perhaps it's only appropriate that a man suspected of slinging ecstasy near Seattle's Club Volume is apparently known to wear a hat featuring the cookie-gobbling Sesame Street character - and was apprehended in just that last night.
As Witt tells it, around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night police officers in the area of Club Volume received a tip that a known dealer wearing a Cookie Monster hat was selling ecstasy in the area that was "cut with something bad." The tipster was able to provide police with the suspected dealer's name, and also pulled up a picture of him by accessing Facebook on his phone. Meanwhile, police had run a check of the suspect's name with the Department of Corrections which revealed he was "under active supervision and in violation of his DOC conditions," according to the Blotter blog, and also turned up a picture - which matched the picture on Facebook provided by the tipster. The DOC requested that the suspect be arrested.
According to Witt, here's what happened next:
At roughly 12:30 a.m., an officer spotted the suspect who had just turned northbound into the alley to the west of Club Volume. The man was wearing a blue cookie monster hat. Officers converged and took him into custody in the alley without incident.
A search incident to arrest yielded several capsules and baggies of loose powder from the suspect's pants' pocket. It was later determined that the suspect was in possession of 59 capsules of ecstasy, 1 large capsule of THC,$97.00 cash and 7.7 grams of MDMA ...
Strangely, no cookies were recovered.
According to police, the suspected dealer with the childlike fashion sense was booked into King County Jail for his detainer and investigation of violation of the Uniform Control Substance Act - possession with intent. The cash and narcotics were placed into evidence.