Snoop Dogg’s custom nug jug, completed on December 28, is a real beauty. Capable of holding up to an entire pound of sticky icky, this is some highly functional glass. It makes sense just how highly functional this cookie-jar sized nug jug truly is, as It was created by a highly functional glass blower.
The glass is the result of a collaboration between legendary glass blower Jerome Baker of Jerome Baker Designs and Nastee Glass. The nug jug, rumored to be worth about $18,000, is a connoisseur's wet dream, and even has Snoop’s alias emblazoned in gold leaf on the dark blue glass container, which reflects its surroundings like an emerald in a field.
With beginnings in the influential Eugene glass blowing scene of the early 1980s, Mr. Baker served as an apprentice under Bob Snodgrass, the godfather of the modern glass movement.
Mr. Baker has laid low since his arrest in the DEA’s Operation Pipe Dreams. While on parole, he served as the lead designer for the state-of-the-art glassblowing program at the University of Oregon. He found a niche for himself in recent years working on non-functional, high-end glass art under sunny climes on the island of Maui.
Throughout the nineties, as Snoop enjoyed multi-platinum success as one of the leaders of the West Coast rap movement, Mr. Baker enjoyed success with his “functional” glass pieces, long known for being among the most sought after designs on the market.
In 2003, Operation Pipe Dreams resulted in the arrest of 55 paraphernalia sellers nationally. Due to state law-enforcements skepticism towards lending resources to the operations, the majority of cases were filed in Iowa and Pennsylvania in order to use statutes prohibiting the use of “the mails or any other facility of interstate commerce to transport drug paraphernalia.”
Hundreds of businesses and homes were raided. Most individuals charged were sentenced to fines and home detentions, but actor Tommy Chong received nine months in federal prison and a year of probation, as well as being assessed financial damages.
According to the New York Times, federal prosecution admitted to being harsher on Chong due to trivialization of “law enforcement efforts to combat drug trafficking and use” in his films. Operation Pipe Dreams is estimated to have cost $12 million and 2,000 law enforcement officers were needed.