On Tuesday, members of the Syracuse Police Special Investigations Division received a tip that a large amount of heroin was being delivered on a bus from New York City. When that bus arrived at 5 p.m., police found more than 15 grams of heroin in the possession of a 27-year-old man, whom they took into custody.
And here's where [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist] comes in to the story.
According to Syracuse's Post-Standard, police discovered 400 glassine bags, each containing a tan powder that tested positive for heroin, hidden in the pants of a bus passenger named Jeffrey J. Williams. Each bag was stamped in red ink with the words "Lady Gaga."
All told, police discovered 15.6 grams of "Gaga" heroin — with an estimated street value of $6,000 — on Williams' person. He was arrested and charged with two felony counts and a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
At press time, MTV News' phone calls to the Syracuse Police Department requesting comment had not been returned.
While Gaga herself had nothing to do with the incident (or the heroin), she's now joined a list of entertainers and celebrities who have unwittingly lent their names to street drugs. Earlier this year, Newark police uncovered 500 bricks of "Lil Wayne"-branded heroin — with a street value of some $250 million — hidden in the interior of an SUV. And in 2009, Border Patrol agents in Washington state arrested a man attempting to smuggle 67 pounds of Benzylpiperazine pills, a drug that causes a euphoria similar to that experienced with Ecstasy, into the U.S. Most of the pills were stamped with the likeness of Bart Simpson, but others were marked with a silhouette of President Barack Obama.