Stashitwear foils pickpockets, but pleases drug dealers

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 By

A two-woman pickpocket team working over one rube of a dude.

If only he'd hidden it in his Stashitwear, these ladies wouldn't be so lucky. (Photo Credit: ThinkStock)

If you live or have ever traveled in countries where petty theft is conducted openly on busy streets, you know it’s important to take protective measures against pickpockets. Travel belts are available to protect your money and identification, but they’re often uncomfortable, unfashionable and just scream “tourist.” Stashitwear, on the other hand, provides security, secrecy and (allegedly) comfort. The hidden-compartment underwear is so convenient, in fact, that law enforcement is worried that drug traffickers will start ordering the secret drawers in bulk.

Stashitwear being used to conceal drugs, weapons

The Wall Street Journal reports that New York police have discovered that drug dealers are now using Stashitwear to conceal small amounts of narcotics and small caliber firearms. More thorough searches of suspects are required, said Police Capt. Vincent Patti of Brooklyn, N.Y. Stashitwear owner Phillip Scott, 55, told the WSJ that none of his customers gave “even a hint at illegal activity for their purchases.”

However, Patti doesn’t buy Scott’s excuse.

“A lot of drugs or a small .38 or .22 caliber handgun… They’re not advertising these things for drug dealers but they have to know they’re going to be used by some people who break the law.”

Stash it in style

Florida-based Stashitwear and similar secret-compartment underwear companies offer styles ranging from briefs and boxers to thongs. One pair sells for $14, although wholesale purchases can reduce that price considerably, says Scott. The secret pocket is accessible through a six- to eight-inch opening in the waistband, and the pocket itself can be 12 inches deep, depending upon the size of the garment.

The pocket runs from front to back, which means, according to Stashitwear, that this “basically makes your whole crotch area a secret place for your valuables.”

Scott has changed the Stashitwear website

In an effort to reflect his personality, Scott’s photo on the Stashitwear website used to be one of him in back country attire. Since the Wall Street Journal contacted him following NYPD concern over the product, Scott put on sunglasses and business dress clothes for a new photo. Thankfully, the hidden compartment underwear remains the same.

Sources:

Wall Street Journal

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This post has 3 comments

  1. Frank says:

    Even the name of the company has something hidden in it.

  2. Philip Scott says:

    Oh what is all the hype about? Seriously, if someone asks to buy them for illegal purposes then of course I don’t sell to them. If someone contacts me and says ” I want to purchase a pair of those great Stashitwear so I can smuggle 100 pounds of Cocaine across the border” and i sell them to the undercover agent then I will be immediately arrested,charged with conspiricy to smuggles 100 pounds of cocaine, sentenced to life in prison and all because I sold a pair of underwear. But just because someone uses them for something illegal is their responsibility not mine. There are now secret pocket on shoes, belts, hats, pants, shorts, socks, bras, and now underwear. At least you have a lot to choose from. Why am I getting special treatment? Are underwear somehow a Sacred institution that no one should mess with? Love y’all.

  3. Philip Scott says:

    I really don't know what that means that they don't "buy his excuse". Drugs can be stashed in a money belt. Drugs can be stashed in the pocket in hats, socks, bras, shoes, ect. Guns can be purchased to kill people. Every manufacturer of these products will say the same thing. They don't make these products for illegal purposes. So do you buy their excuses? Or is there some reason I get special treatment? Because a snitch claims that Stashitwear is being used by drug dealers does not make it true. So what am I supposed to do? If someone tell me they want a pair for illegal activity then I don't sell to them. What more can a person do? Quit selling them? Go out of business? When the manufacturers of the pocket hats, shoes, socks, bras, ect and the gun manufacturers all go out of business because someone used one of their products for something illegal then I WILL TO!

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