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The real 'Cocaine Bear' story: Behind the 'coke-fueled rampage for blow — and blood' - New York Post

The real 'Cocaine Bear' story: Behind the 'coke-fueled rampage for blow — and blood' - New York Post

The real 'Cocaine Bear' story: Behind the 'coke-fueled rampage for blow — and blood' - New York Post
Dec 02, 2022 1 min, 4 secs

But this story is loosely — and we mean very loosely — inspired by a wild incident in 1985, in which authorities searching for a lost cocaine haul happened upon ransacked bags of drugs near the Georgia—Tennessee border.

And, lying nearby was the culprit: an approximately 150 pound “Cokey” Bear, who had reportedly died after ingesting several million dollars worth of cocaine.

This was a far cry from superpowers exhibited in the “Cocaine Bear” trailer, where the coke-streaked critter is seen busting down doors, leaping after an ambulance à la Bear Jordan and even doing the worm in front of flabbergasted co-eds.

Far more interesting, perhaps, is the saga of the drug smuggler Andrew Thornton, 40, a Kentucky narcotics investigator-turned drug smuggler and gang leader.

While flying over Florida, Thornton reportedly heard federal agents talking on the radio about tailing their plane.

In a last ditch effort to avoid getting busted, the trafficker decided to kick three duffel bags of cocaine — the ones that would be ingested by that hapless bear — out of the plane near Blairsville, GA.

The alleged cocaine bear, meanwhile, has been preserved and is on display at the Kentucky for Kentucky Fun Mall in Lexington, which sells a variety of bear-based merch from T-shirts to snow globes fittingly called — you guessed it — “blow globes.”.

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