Was 47-year old priest Jefferson Alvin from Belmont, California arrested with 10kg of cocaine and did he think it was just flour for hosts? If you thought that was true: think again. The story is completely fake and was made up by a satire website.
It originated from an article published on March 27, 2018 on 8shit.net titled "Priest Arrested After Being Caught With 10kg Of Cocaine; Says He Thought It Was Flour For Hosts" (archived here) which opened:
Jefferson Alvin, a 47-year old priest from Belmont, California, was caught with 10kg of cocaine when he was pulled over by the police last Friday.
After the priest stopped his car at the side of the road, the police asked him to open the car's trunk to check that the car had a good triangle and that the retro-reflective vest was complying with the terms of the current legislation.
The police affirmed that this priest always had a strange behavior and, therefore, they began to suspect something:
"It was clear the this man was nervous. We didn't know if he was suffering from anything or not, but it was hard for him to speak and he was taking several seconds to react to anything we said."
People who only saw the summary of the story on social media might have mistaken it for a real news report:
Jefferson Alvin, a 47-year old priest from Belmont, California, was caught with 10kg of cocaine when he was pulled over by the police last Friday. After the priest stopped his car at the side of the road, the police asked him to open the car's trunk to check that the car had a good triangle and [...]
But the man in the picture was actually not a priest: it shows Roberto Revelo (a shooting suspect) being arrested in 2012:
FAIRFIELD - Vacaville police arrested a Fairfield man Friday afternoon who they believe shot and killed a Vacaville man whose death was originally reported as a suicide. Roberto Revelo walked out the door of a Grande Circle town house around 4:15 p.m. with his wife to do some Black Friday shopping.
As you can see he is wearing no cross on his shirt: that detail was later added digitally.
We wrote about 8shit.net and their "fauxtire" stories before, here are the recent articles that mention the site:
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