College Student Charged With Creating Drug App


An app gets an 18-year-old California college student arrested.

UC Santa Cruz freshman, Collin Riley Howard, is accused of creating an app that lets users buy illegal drugs.

The app, called “Banana Plug,” lets users buy multiple drugs, including cocaine and it was available in Apple’s App Store.

A UC Santa Cruz police officer discovered posters advertising the app on the school’s campus.

Working with Homeland Security, the officer used the app to arrange a drug purchase.

An undercover Homeland Security agent made the purchase and communicated with Howard on Snapchat to make three other purchases.

It was during that last arranged purchase that UC Santa Cruz officers arrested Howard who is charged with four counts each of distribution and possession with intent to distribute drugs.

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