Collection Spotlight

No matter how big or small, every artifact tells a story. While only a fraction of the objects and images in the Museum's collection, these eye-catching artifacts capture significant moments in the history of drugs and drug law enforcement.

A wooden Thai village model

Thai Village Model

Seven hundred grams of heroin were secreted into the bottom of this wooden Thai village.

Red and Green Tablet Press

Tablet Press

A mechanical device that compresses powder into tablets of uniform size and weight.

Poppy Scrapper

Poppy Scrapper

A poppy scraper used by farmers to score and drain raw opium from poppy pods.

Opium Packing Stamp

Opium Packing Stamp

An opium packing stamp used to mark packages of opium processed by a refinery in Afghanistan.

Morphine syrette

Morphine Syrette

A morphine syrette originally packaged in the medical kit of a World War II soldier.

Metal I Beam

Metal I Beam

A hollow metal I beam that unsuccessfully concealed cocaine from law enforcement officers.

A skeletal Santa Muerte statue

La Santa Muerte Statue

A spiritual icon found among members of the Gulf, Sinaloa, and Juarez drug cartels.

Homer Simpson Bong

Homer Simpson Bong

A Homer Simpson-themed bong used to smoke tobacco or marijuana.

Heroin Bottle

Heroin Bottle

An amber glass bottle that once contained heroin marketed and sold as a pain reliver and cough suppressant by Bayer & Co.

Green snakeskin platform shoes

Green Snakeskin Platform Shoes

A DEA special agent wore these shoes during an undercover investigation of a cocaine ring in the 1970s.