College student developed ‘Banana Plug’ app to sell meth, cocaine on campus: feds

February 20, 2019 - 12:46 pm

SANTA CRUZ, CA (1010 WINS) -- Looking to score drugs? It appears there's an app for that.

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A student at the University of California, Santa Cruz has been indicted on federal drug charges.

Colin Howard, 18, is accused of developing an app that was available in the Apple app store, to sell meth, cocaine, and other illegal drugs.

Howard allegedly dubbed his creation the 'Banana Plug' app -- a play on school mascot 'Sammy the banana slug.'

A press release from the U.S. attorney's office says posters advertising the app were hung around campus.

A police officer allegedly spotted the posters, tipped off Homeland Security, and agents used the app to buy marijuana and cocaine.

According to the release, an undercover Homeland Security agent then made further purchases including methamphetamine, before arresting Howard.

Howard was released after an initial court appearance. He faces between 5 and 40 years in prison if convicted, along with $10 million in fines.