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Vending machines dispensing crack pipes disguised as pens were discovered at multiple locations in Brookhaven, New York, authorities say. (Photos: Courtesy of the Town of Brookhaven)

The vending machines began appearing in the Long Island suburb of Brookhaven without any explanation.

One showed up outside a landscaped apartment complex, next door to a mini-golf course, according to local news reports. Another turned up by a bus stop outside a strip mall that, in recent years, has featured Chinese and Jamaican restaurants, a Dominican hair salon and a storefront advertising “We buy gold.” The third was found near another shopping plaza at a busy intersection with a Home Depot, Family Dollar, Dunkin’ Donuts and Advance Auto Parts.

Each of the blue metal boxes was attached to the ground with concrete and had a metal slot that held $2 worth of quarters. “PENS,” one said. Others advertised “SKETCH PENS” or, even more ambiguously, “S PENS.”

But what they really contained were crack pipes.

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