For a second, selling drugs over Snapchat sounds like an ingenious idea. You snap a photo of your goods, send it to your prospective clients, and once they view it – poof – the evidence is gone.
Unfortunately for some enterprising youth, thinking is hard.
Brayden Garza, an 18-year-old high school student in Oregon, was arrested this month on drug charges after police found evidence he was selling marijuana using Snapchat. Not one for subtlety, Garza was also posting pictures of himself holding stacks of bills on Instagram.
If you’re wondering why Garza was even trying to sell pot in Oregon, where marijuana is legal for recreational use, it’s because recreational pot is only legal for those 21 and older.
In April 2016, two young Scottish men were jailed after police found a Snapchat conversation on one man’s phone discussing his prices for cocaine.
Also in April 2016, a College Station, Texas, teen was caught selling drugs after he Snapped a picture of Vicodin pills with a caption asking $15 a pop. A classmate saw the photo and alerted their school principal, who informed the police.
In December 2015, six people ages 16 to 23 were arrested in Gainesville, Florida, after posting a Snapchat video of the group engaging in illegal behavior. All six were located and arrested on drugs and weapons charges.
And in February 2014, three high school students and one adult were detained in Beech Grove, Indiana, after someone ratted out the teens, who were Snapchatting about where to get “bud.” Police later found the teens at their dealer’s house with weed and pipes on them.
Tip: If you’re going to do something illegal, don’t broadcast it over social media. No, not even Snapchat.