The Busted! Ten Commandments
1 – THOU SHALL NOT DEAL
Like any other war, in the Drug War there are the grunts (you) and there are the field generals (the dealers). The grunts take far more causalities because there are so many more of them, but the field generals suffer much more when they get hit. 2 – THOU SHALL NOT DO DOPE WITH KIDDIES.
IF THOU ART A KIDDY, THOU SHALL NOT DO DOPE.
Much like the dealers, kids get special treatment in the Drug War. Anyone over eighteen passes the pipe to anyone under eighteen and the gloves are off. Anytime kids are mixed up in your bust, everything is more painful and harder on your karma.
3 – THOU SHALL NOT COVET MORE THAN A MISDEMEANOR BUZZ.
Misdemeanors are painful and humiliating. Felonies leave scars and speech impediments. Keep your drug weight down and observe the First, Second and Seventh Amendments. Break these and possible pain starts at a year in the joint all the way to life.
4 – THOU SHALL NOT PISS AWAY THY RIGHTS.
Never consent to a search. Always remain silent. Never get wasted in public. Always ask to speak to any attorney. Never sign a plea bargain you don’t understand.
5 – THOU SHALL BE CALM
Panic is deadly in the Drug War; it can lead to breaking the Fourth Commandment and it will make the police suspicious and/or nervous themselves, calmed by several blows with the nightstick. Panic can also lead to additional charges for attempting to destroy evidence and will ensure that you are charged with possessing any drugs in the vicinity. Nervous types should honor the Eighth Amendment at any expense.
6 – THOU SHALL NOT PISS OFF THE POLICE
Forget the lawmakers in Congress, forget the DA’s, and forget the judges; the police have all the power in the Drug War. An angry cop has the power to bring you down no matter what the circumstances may be. Once a cop decides to bust you, you begin your slide down the black hole of the criminal justice system, and it’s very, very hard to stop the slide until you’re shat out the other end.
7 – YE GETS BUSTED, YE SHALL NEVER GET BUSTED AGAIN
Now it’s not a "mistake." Now it’s a "drug problem." Now it is clear that you didn’t learn your lesson. Now we bring the pain.
8 – THOU SHALL LEAVE THY DOPE AT HOME
The only true right to privacy you have is in your home. Once you take your dope on the road, all the rules change. At the airport and in your car, you’re just Drug War cannon fodder.
9 – KNOW THY FRIENDS, MISTRUST THY ENEMIES
A fellow citizen is almost as powerful a drug warrior as a cop. A tip from a fed up neighbor can lead to house search. A fellow motorist can have you pulled over. Your roommate can consent to a search of your bedroom. Someone you hooked up can have you busted. An ex-girlfriend can get you drug tested. So be damn sure who you’re discussing and/or doing dope with. And never give a reporter or blogger any kind of Drug War quote you can’t live with; it will end up online and in eternity.
10 – THOU SHALL CHECK THY LOOK IN THE MIRROR
Marching out onto the Drug War battlefield means taking stock of yourself, your facilities. Make an honest assessment of your state of mind, your goals for the night on the razz, and your personal style. If it were your job to bust people for possessing drugs, would you be interested in seeing what’s in your pockets? Tattoos, piercings, wacky hair, funky smells, sporting the freshly fucked up look, political t-shirts and/or bumper stickers are all suspicious. If you’re a suspicious type, heed the Eighth Commandment.