News 12 september — 12:48

'Crack pipe' vending machines found in Long Island, NY

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Local officials in New York's Long Island say they have removed unauthorised vending machines dispensing drug paraphernalia, BBC reports.

The machines allegedly contained glass pipes and filters intended for smoking crack cocaine disguised as pens.

The officials said the machines were embedded in concrete without permission in public locations.

They said three had been found and encouraged locals to continue to report any more.

The machines required residents to insert $2 (£1.50) in quarters to dispense a product and were labelled with "pen", "s-pen" or "sketch pen".

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