York High School Resource Officer Nick Piskopanis, left, holds a fake highlighter that conceals a marijuana pipe, while Detective Jamie Robie holds an announcement for an upcoming event at which police hope to tell parents about potential hiding places their children may be using for drugs.
YORK, Maine — For $10 on Amazon, you can purchase what looks like a red Sharpie pen — not a pen at all, but an item that twists apart and leaves an empty interior for pills. There’s also a “US Patrol diversion” hair brush for $9.98 that opens to reveal a hollow interior to hide “money, jewelry and other valuables.”
Add in some real-looking books, an “aerosol can” of Barbesol and a twist-bottom “water bottle.” Let’s not forget the vape stick masquerading as a thumb drive. And you, too, could have contraband “hidden in plain sight.”
“Parents don’t have the awareness level with this new technology,” said York Police Detective Jamie Robie. “We know about them as police officers, but