U.S. troops in Iraq puffed on some special cigars this week thanks to an Oakland County drug bust earlier this year.
Sheriff Michael Bouchard decided to send counterfeit Cuban cigars confiscated by the Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team to the troops, but that wasn't good enough for several cigar companies, including some local ones, which replaced the counterfeits with the real thing.
On Tuesday, the troops lit up the cigars at the Mudhouse and other hangouts in Taji, Iraq. The total value of the donated cigars is believed to be about $20,000.
"We owe them the opportunity to, I think, have a relaxing moment and if this is the way they choose to do it, by golly, I think it's their right to do it," Bouchard said.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Source: Detroit Free Press