Man 'Doing God's Work' With Fake Drugs Speaks Out

Posted at 5:33 PM, Aug 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-08 19:27:27-04

The man recently sentenced for having counterfeit drugs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in June told NewsChannel 5 he brought them to protect people from overdosing on the real drugs.

Coffee County Judge Jere Ledsinger sentenced 45-year-old David E. Brady, of Albany, New York to one year at the Coffee County Jail after he plead guilty to the charge of attempting to sell counterfeit substances.

"I have three kids of my own, and personally if they went to a festival and they were wanting to get drugs and high on drugs, I would want them to run into someone like me," Brady said. 

Brady was found to have 37 pills made to look as if they were molly (synthetic drug that alters mood and perception), 22 bags of fake mushrooms, approximately 1,000 hits of fake acid, 20 bags made to look like cocaine and an incense stick made to look like black tar heroin, according to the Coffee County Sheriff's Office. 

The arrest warrant said he was "doing God's work" by selling fake drugs.

"I never said anything like that. I don't know where those words came from. I never said it," Brady said.

Brady said he attended the festival in Manchester at least ten times before but never brought fake drugs until this year. 

Although he plead guilty to the charge, he claimed he never made any money since he just wanted to give them away.

"A lot of the kids come to these festivals and end up dying in their tent, so I would just come with some fake stuff so they do not waste their money," he added. "I have them to offer. I just don't go up to them and offer."

Brady admitted to creating the fake drugs in Murfreesboro before bringing them to the festival. The drugs were found under a tent.

The sheriff's office said he had a bag of mushrooms hanging from his waist band. 

In June 2015, Brady was arrested for possession with the purpose to deliver or manufacture a counterfeit substance. 

A court clerk in Franklin County, Arkansas told NewsChannel 5 Brady was found with counterfeit drugs including mushrooms and meth at the Wakarusa Music Festival near Ozark. 

A judge issued a bench warrant when he failed to appear in court in December 2015. 

Brady will have to be extradited to Arkansas after finishing his sentence.

He was also charged with fugitive from justice and controlled counterfeit substance, but they were both dismissed.