As much as Apple tries to shield the App Store by leaving law-abusing applications out of its store, it's often quite complicated. Section 1.4.3 of the Apple Application Review Guidelines reads as follows:
Apps that encourage the use of tobacco products, illegal drugs or excessive amounts of alcohol are not allowed on the App Store. Applications that encourage minors to consume any of these substances will be rejected. Facilitating the sale of cannabis, tobacco or controlled substances (except for licensed pharmacies) is not allowed.
Just look at this case: according to a statement by a US Department of Homeland Security agent, the student Collin Riley Howard, 18, ?developed? an application called Banana Plug (which has already been duly withdrawn from the App Store) to distribute drugs the case was reported by the US Attorney General to the Northern District of California.
In addition to cocana and methamphetamine, the app offered Molly and Shrooms (xtase and mushrooms), and also the option for customers to place special orders for other controlled substances. Santa Cruz police were warned after posters spreading the app were scattered on the University of California campus.
The agent then disguised himself and used the app to order pot and cocana. Snapchat messages helped the agent make four purchases, the third and fourth involving more than five grams of methamphetamine. Howard was arrested Feb. 15 before payment of the fourth sale was made.
How did this app get on Apple's radar? Well, it was offered at the store as "a game involving bananas and sockets." Users tapped on the blocks that alternate between banana images and electric plugs in order to get all the bananas off the screen. It is not known exactly how the communication with Howard was made by the app, which was published in the store last October and got two updates. The name Banana Plug most likely refers to the college mascot, Banana Slug; The term "plug", however, is typically used to describe a drug dealer.
Howard may face a maximum of 20 years imprisonment and a $ 1 million fine for each of the two distribution and possession charges intended to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine; Already in other possession charges aimed at distributing more than five grams of methamphetamine, Howard could serve a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 40 years in prison, and pay fines of up to $ 5 million each.