A Haughville, Indiana grandmother wasn’t going to be pushed around by drug dealers — and if her words didn’t scare off the dealers, her Glock definitely did.
According to WXIN-TV, Jonnie McIntosh said she reached for her gun when local spice dealers demanded she hand over $20 for her grandson’s drug debt.
The confrontation happened Tuesday, when two of the dealers threatened to shoot her and her 70-year-old husband over the money.
“He pulled his gun out and when I saw the gun come out that is when I grabbed my gun,” McIntosh said.
“It is loaded. Get your drugs and get out of my neighborhood,” she said she told the dealers.
Spice is the generic name for a whole group of synthetic cannabinoids that chemically resemble THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
Generally, the change in chemical structure is used to exploit legal loopholes in the same way that “bath salts” do. However, these designer cannabinoids can be far more dangerous than regular marijuana, with numerous cases of psychosis reported due to spice use. There have also been overdose deaths associated with synthetic cannabinoids, something unheard of with marijuana.
In fact, McIntosh’s own son had overdosed on the drug just two weeks ago — something that has McIntosh hopping mad at the dealers.
“If you are stupid enough to sell it to these kids, you get what you deserve,” McIntosh said.
“I do not see what they get out of it,” McIntosh said. “Who wants to sit there passed out and do not have a clue what is going on around them?”
While she wants to help him get clean, there are apparently dealers all around her home, apparently on every street for users who want a fix. And Indianapolis, the nearest city, has seen a huge increase in spice usage, with nearly a dozen emergency visits for overdoses this month within a mile of where McIntosh lives.
“Back in my day, it was marijuana and Boones Farm wine,” she said. “That is all my parents had to worry about. This stuff has bug spray in it and all kinds of chemicals. Whatever they decide to spray on it. Any way that they can get high.”
As for the dealers, she said it was time for them to find real employment.
“Get off your lazy rump and get a job. Quit pushing drugs on these kids,” she said.
That’s going to be a difficult thing to convince them to do, unfortunately, since the lure of easy drug money will always be there. It gets a lot less easy when you know there’s a grandmother with a gun who’s determined to protect her family. A few more Jonnie McIntoshes and perhaps the drug dealers might move on.
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