COOK COUNTRY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — An alleged drug dealer may have been trying to drum up business in the same way grocery stores have long promoted everything from snacks and spreads to artisan sausage — free samples.
Adam Wastson, 27, of the 4900 block of West Augusta Street, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after allegedly passing out heroin samples sealed in miniature baggies bearing Spider-Man's face to a group of people in West Humboldt Park, according to court records.
"I was just at the pass-out and got me this blow," Elijah Carter allegedly told police. "The light-skin guy gave it to me."
Canter, 55, allegedly ran when police showed up to the drug "pass-out" in the 1400 block of South Kildare Street, according to court records.
Police caught up with Carter, who identified Wastson as the man who gave him the "blow," a street term for heroin, in a miniature plastic bag printed with Spider-Man's face.
On the charge of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, Wastson was ordered held on $50,000 bond by Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan Wednesday.
Bond for Carter, who also was arrested, was $25,000 for the charge of possession.
While Wastson has no apparent criminal record, Carter has been charged with multiple drug offenses.