Pun relentlessly intended.
Ice cream truck drivers and drug dealers already have so much in common (riding around all day playing music and slinging treats on a street corner), so it kind of makes sense that some of them decided to start selling much harder candy. In addition to bomb pops and snow cones, many drivers are also selling marijuana, cocaine, and meth. Star players of this offbeat criminal career include a dealer who cruised middle schools in a Mister Softee truck selling weed and blow while flashing his gun for all to see, and a savvy cocaine and painkiller purveyor who offered free ice cream with every purchase. That's the kind of synergy we can get behind.
"You're headed down a rocky road, might as well have some while you're at it."
In what may or may not be surprising to learn, quite a few of these vanilla-related crimes are taking place in New York City. The city has had a minor rash of Rocket Pop pushers, with police arresting four ice cream truck drug dealers between 2007 and 2013, including a million-dollar bust in 2011. Two wiseguys of the Lucchese crime family decided to get into the oxycodone painkiller business with nothing more than a dream, a bunch of stolen prescription pads, and a Lickety Split ice cream truck. Over the span of two years, they used the branded truck as a front to distribute 42,755 oxycodone pills, which is about one for every sprinkle they sold. The sting was nicknamed Operation Bad Medicine, because for some reason the Police Naming Brigade decided to exclude any mention of the ice cream.