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Santa Clarita Valley drug drop boxes yield unusual find

Posted: February 24, 2014 5:34 p.m.
Updated: February 24, 2014 5:34 p.m.

A San Diego man was reunited with the gold chain he lost during high school after it was found inside a discarded 1988 prescription drug vial dropped off anonymously at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station,

Three recycled U.S. Post Office mailboxes are lined up in front of the station in Valencia, each labeled to receive a different drug-related item: Illegal drugs in the center, prescription medications on the right and an oversized box for biohazards and needles on the left.

None of the bins is labeled to receive gold jewelry — but that’s precisely what narcotics officers found when they recently emptied their drug drop-off bins, said Investigator Bob Wachsmuth, who heads the Juvenile Intervention Team at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“When he opened up one particular vial, the deputy found some plastic wrap and, when he pulled it out, he found three items of gold jewelry,” Wachsmuth said Monday.

The date on the prescription drug vial was 1988. The prescription itself was made out to a man who has since died, Wachsmuth said.

“We were able to track the decedent’s son through his name and learned he (the son) was now a professor in San Diego,” he said.

On Friday, Wachsmuth took the jewelry with him on a trip already scheduled to San Diego.

“I had arranged to meet with the professor and stop by his house to give him his father’s jewelry,” he said.

The son told him: “This is the gold necklace I wore in high school.”

Narcotics officers find an assortment of items in the drug drop-off boxes. Last month they found a hollowed-out book containing marijuana and a pipe.

“We want people to feel comfortable dropping off drugs,” Detective Sgt. Thomas Carter said when asked if narcotics detectives are interested in identifying those using the system.

The short answer was “no,” Carter said, noting he wants drug donors to remain anonymous and, in doing so, encourage them to continue dropping off drugs.

When jewelry is found, however, and something positive can come of tracing it, detectives make the effort.
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ohhyaa: Posted: February 24, 2014 7:10 p.m.

Getting drugs off the street and offers a karma cleans too.

ricketzz: Posted: February 25, 2014 5:25 a.m.

This is like those ridiculous gun buy backs; only the worthless stuff gets turned in. If you want to stop the overdosing you have to be adult about discussing the issue; people are going to get stoned. We need a way for them to do it and stay as safe as possible.

Jackk: Posted: February 25, 2014 6:23 a.m.

No, it's not. Not for the illegal drugs anyway.

Whatever helps to keep pharaceuticals out of our eco system isn't a waste at all. Fish already show the effects of our flushing drugs down the toilet.

The drop boxes should be in more locations.

17trillion: Posted: February 25, 2014 8:15 a.m.

"Fish already show the effects of our flushing drugs down the toilet."

They do? So by this logic, anything that I flush down the toilet effects fish?

src: Posted: February 25, 2014 8:51 a.m.

^ Yes. Cut back your meat consumption. Go vegan. Save a fish. lol.

Unreal: Posted: February 25, 2014 9:50 a.m.

Throwing old prescription's in the trash is an issue too as it gets into our ground water.

I tried to take an old prescription that my son did not take back to the pharmacy and they don't take them. I guess we have to either take it to the Sheriffs drop off box or wait for a community round up (not to be confused with roundabout).

17trillion: Posted: February 25, 2014 10:31 a.m.

I'll take them for you Unreal.

LosRubios: Posted: February 25, 2014 11:38 a.m.

"Fish already show the effects of our flushing drugs down the toilet." - so where exactly does a halibut go for medical attention when it gets an e**ction that lasts for more than 4 hours???

Unreal: Posted: February 25, 2014 12:57 p.m.

17trillion: I would give them to you but they aren't anything "good".

17trillion: Posted: February 25, 2014 2:11 p.m.


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