The Upcoming Movie ‘Cocaine Bear’ Is Based On A True Story

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The movie ‘Cocaine Bear’ is set to be released on February 24th and while the newly released trailer looks absolutely crazy – a bear ingesting a ton of cocaine and going on a rampage terrorizing locals – it isn’t that far fetched. In fact, it isn’t far fetched at all as it’s based on a true story!

Back in 1985 a black bear roaming the Georgia forest found a duffel bag full of cocaine – and he ate it – all.

A United Press International item on the cocaine bear appeared in The New York Times in December 1985.

“The cocaine was apparently dropped from a plane piloted by Andrew Thornton, a convicted drug smuggler who died Sept. 11 in Knoxville, Tenn., because he was carrying too heavy a load while parachuting,” U.P.I. reported. “The bureau said the bear was found Friday in northern Georgia among 40 opened plastic containers with traces of cocaine.”

The bear was eventually found dead in the mountains of Fannin County, Ga., just south of the Tennessee border.

“There’s nothing left but bones and a big hide,” Gary Garner of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation told The Associated Press at the time.

Dr. Kenneth Alonso, the state’s chief medical examiner at the time, said after an autopsy in December 1985 that the bear ingested more than four grams of cocaine and possibly a lot more!