Fact Check: Video Is NOT Real Federal DEA Drug Bust -- It's A Skit Video Series

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: Video Is NOT Real Federal DEA Drug Bust -- It's A Skit Video Series Staged Skit

Did several Drug Enforcement Administration agents accept the assistance of two men they pulled over who were in a purportedly stolen vehicle to then go into the woods and bust an active drug-cooking operation? No, that's not true: This video depicts a fictional scenario, one of a series made by video creator PhilTheThrill.

The video was published on Facebook by PhilTheThrill on November 12, 2021. It was captioned, "They pulled me over" and titled:

DEA agents pull me over

This is how the post looked at the time of writing:

deapost.jpg

(Image source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Apr 27 15:35:57 2022 UTC)

The video creator's Facebook page has many videos with dramatic fictional scenarios such as finding a bag of money and trying to return it, finding a car full of kidnapped people, finding a missing person, finding a missing baby and finding a missing puppy. Other videos show the video creator being robbed.

This series includes a video where some shady characters steal his truck, followed by a video where he steals his truck back from people who are wearing hazmat suits cooking something in a camper parked in a clearing in the woods. In this video he is pulled over by "DEA agents" who think the truck is stolen. After some tense moments, the DEA agents are convinced to allow themselves to be guided to the clearing in the woods where the shady characters are "cooking glass."

Although the PhilTheThrill Facebook page does not have a disclaimer, there is a disclaimer on the popular YouTube channel, which reads:

Disclaimer: All videos are filmed in a closed course in Mexico as part of a police training initiative, unless otherwise specifically stated. All content posted under this domain has neither any affiliation with its poster nor any relation to the rider portrayed in any way which includes, but is not limited to his or her likeness, location, or personal identity. All stunts were performed by or under the supervision of trained professionals. Do not try anything you see at home. Some locations may have been modified to appear riders are riding somewhere they are not. In order to be more relatable to certain viewer locations and or demographic.

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  Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson lives with her family and pets on a small farm in Indiana. She founded a Facebook page and a blog called “Exploiting the Niche” in 2017 to help others learn about manipulative tactics and avoid scams on social media. Since then she has collaborated with journalists in the USA, Canada and Australia and since December 2019 she works as a Social Media Authenticity Analyst at Lead Stories.


 

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