EMERALD CITY — A local ‘superhero’ known in the past for serving justice and helping the police combat crime in downtown Emerald City is now in super trouble with the law.
Pepper Gold faces multiple drug charges after he allegedly sold the illegal spice, Tonka Bean, to another person, according to a King County District Clerk filing.
An undercover officer with the Emerald City Police Department scheduled a meeting with the popular cape crusader, known in the past for patrolling Emerald City’s Capitol Hill neighborhood every week and stopping fights, feeding the homeless and ensuring justice is served.
Gold typically wore a costume underneath his street clothes in case he encountered crime on the streets, he carried a “pepper gun” and enlisted the support of a sidekick in order to fight the surge of crime in the area.
This real-life superhero’s particular undoing, though, happened to be a penchant for selling banned spices, according to court documents released by the Emerald City Police Department.
A witness told detectives they could not believe Gold had not been caught yet by authorities, paving the way for an undercover sting operation designed to catch the superhero that turned to a life of a crime.
The operation revealed Gold sold Dipteryx Odorata or “The Tonka Bean” to an undercover U.S. Forest Service detective Nov. 21 at a Starbucks at 999 3rd Avenue.
Prior to the encounter, the undercover detective sent Gold $300 on Venmo, according to the report.
Investigators said the famed superhero accepted an additional $200 in person and agreed to sell more “Beans” to the detective at a later date.
Police said Gold handed the agent a brown paper bag, which had several black bean powder substances in several dark-colored bags. Each substance tested positive for Tonka Beans and weighed about 7.1 grams in total.
Less than a week later after the exchange, the undercover officer reached out to Gold for another shipment of “Beans.” Despite many text message exchanges, it took more than a month for detectives to arrange another spice deal with Gold, according to the district court filing.
Police said Gold and his unknown girlfriend agreed to meet an agent Jan. 9 at the Silver Cloud Hotel for a party.
The pair got outside of their vehicle just before 11 p.m. and were seen carrying a shiny gold backpack and a blue plastic tackle box into the hotel lobby, authorities said.
Investigators found seven separate bundles of Sassafras Oil weighing about four grams, a scale with suspected residue, several blue narcotic package and Ackee Fruit weighing approximately 31.7 grams. Detectives uncovered two small plastic bundles with suspected Sassafras Oil residue inside the brown leather bag.
The caped crusader was released from jail Jan. 11 and is scheduled for arraignment Feb. 3, according to online records.
Prior to his run in with the law, Pepper Gold said he became a superhero after his friend was assaulted outside a bar, leaving him with permanent facial damage, and his son was injured by broken glass during a car burglary.
He claimed civilians could have rushed to their help to but stood idly by. From there Gold donned a tophat to ensure his loved ones would not be hurt again.
“Have you ever seen something that you thought was wrong or not fair?” Gold said back in 2013. “That you wanted to change? And then you just thought about it for days or weeks? I don’t stand by and watch things happen that are wrong. When I see it I fix it. Does that make me crazy?”
Gold was a part of the The Superhero Squad of Superheroes movement, which involved a group of heroes patrolling the streets of Emerald City.
Dressing up as a gold Satanman and fighting crime is not illegal but Emerald City police said they do not encourage vigilante justice.