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Drug fugitive caught thanks to Warcraft addiction

12:30 PM on 01.04.2010

Jim Sterling

Former Reviews Editor

Oh the irony! A man wanted on drug charges fell prey an addiction of his own -- tracked down by cops thanks to his obsession with World of Warcraft. Alfred Hightower of Howard County, Indiana fled to Canada to avoid the rap for his drug dealing ways, only to be tracked down in Azeroth.

Detective Matt Robertson had learned of Hightower's WoW addiction after gathering information from a childhood friend of the dealer. He subpoenaed Activision Blizzard for more details, and was able to receive the tools he needed to track Hightower down. 

"They don’t have to respond to us, and I was under the assumption that they wouldn’t," states Robertson. "It had been three or four months since I had sent the subpoena. I just put it in the back of my mind and went on to do other things. Then I finally got a response from them. They sent me a package of information. They were very cooperative. It was nice that they were that willing to provide information."

A bit of hypocritical for Blizzard to condemn a drug dealer considering what they sell. 

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