SAVANNAH, Ga. - Two men have been jailed in Chatham County since March for selling pebbles to an undercover officer who approached them for "a $20 rock" of crack cocaine.
Xavier Black and Wayne Wright, both 40, were promptly arrested on a charge of suspected sale of a rock of crack cocaine after the sale.
But when the substance was tested, it turned out to be no narcotic. It was a plain old rock.
Authorities, however, were treating the sale as no joke.
Mr. Black and Mr. Wright were indicted June 7 on a charge of sale of a non-controlled substance.
Last week, the men were arraigned in Chatham County Superior Court; their bonds set at $5,000. They face between one and 10 years in prison.
"If somebody is trying to sell fake drugs, it's a crime," Chief Assistant District Attorney David Lock said. "We see concoctions like this all the time, though it's usually not a pebble."
Commander Eddie Williams said most often such scammers are drug users trying to raise some quick money to get the real thing. He's frequently seen soap shavings passed off as crack.
"They do all kinds of silly things," he said. "If they were trying to be funny in this case, then go ahead and play a drug dealer. You know what we do? We put them in jail."