Feb 032012
 February 3, 2012

tommy chong bong beadTommy Chong Glass Marijuana Bongs Are Very Rare

I posted an article the other day that had a pic of my Chong Bong in it, and a lot of people have been e-mailing me asking me where I got my Chong Bong from. The Chong Bong might be one of the rarest bongs on the planet because they aren’t made anymore due to an overzealous federal government crackdown. A lot of Chong Bongs were confiscated by the feds. I wrote an article about my Chong Bong and Operation Pipe Dreams once upon a time, but it was one of my first articles, so it didn’t get spread very far. I think our readership at that time was about three people on Facebook lol. So due to popular e-mail demand, here is the story. And no Tony, I have no interest in selling my Chong Bong, sorry:

My favorite possession is my ‘Chong Bong.’ I have talked about it on Facebook quite a few times, and for good reason; it is the best bong I have ever smoked off of. But there is more to my bong than meets the eye. Because of this bong, and others like it, the legendary Tommy Chong had to do hard time in federal prison. I’m sure by now most of the readers already know about ‘Operation Pipe Dreams,’ and how dumb it was, but for those of you that are rookies or don’t get out much, I decided to write about it for today’s article.

Operation Pipe Dreams, in conjunction with Operation Headhunter, was one of the stupidest federal stings in United States history (read the link for some ridiculous claims by federal employees). It is a great example of how overzealous federal agents can go on a personal crusade to try to ruin honest working Americans. The investigation started in Pittsburgh, PA, where undercover federal agents placed an order from California for ‘Chong Glass’ products through the mail. California is where the company Chong Glass/Nice Dreams was based out of, which was founded and operated by Tommy Chong’s son, Paris. Once the order arrived, it gave federal agents the jurisdiction to raid not only Chong Glass/Nice Dreams, but also any storefront that they felt sold products from the company. Essentially, the feds swept across the US and seized property first, asked questions later.

After the smoke cleared, 55 people were charged for violating 21 U.S.C. Sections 846, 853 and 863. Federal law provides for a maximum total sentence of three years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both, with respect to each count set forth in the indictments. However, 54 people were given probation and community service for the indictments. Only Tommy Chong had to serve jail time for his involvement (9 months in federal prison), which is interesting, considering the fact that he was not the CEO of Chong Glass/Nice Dreams at the time, his son Paris was the head of the operation. Tommy Chong’s case never went to trial; he accepted a plea bargain, pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute drug paraphernalia in exchange for leaving his family alone. Chong served his sentence at the Taft Correctional Institution from October 8, 2003 to July 7, 2004.

It is crazy to think that, at a time when we were fighting the ‘War on Terror’ and dealing with domestic issues in the United States, the federal government felt that it was VITAL to dedicate $12 million dollars and over 2,000 law enforcement officers to this operation. Clearly, by getting the ‘vicious’ Tommy Chong off the streets for 9 months, it won the war on drugs right? I mean, the world is obviously a better place due to the efforts of former Attorney General John Ashcroft and U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan, right? (Insert a picture of me laughing sarcastically while I hit my Chong Bong). Wouldn’t this money have been better spent on education, troop armor, salmonella inspections on spinach, or ANYTHING REALLY!!??

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  • Wane Fawesome

    I have something better than that. JK but really. I make music parodies and am actually recording a song (right now actually, just took a break and saw this article) about tommy chong and his story. I know its late after all that has happened but I feel it needed to be done. Without saying to much you can say you heard it here first and it will be out soon. I will come back when I have it done with the video and let you know.

    • Mikey mike

      I once had a chong bong myself. I bought it at diversity in las vegas and had it signed by mister chong himself. well my buddy and I wanted to smoke out of it so we decided to try and preserve the signature by wrapping it with saran wrap. as soon as water hit the saran wrap it acted exactly like a dry erase marker making the signature unreadable. completely angry and saddened all at the same time I decided to sell it to my buddy for 80 bucks. he didn’t have it for very long as he tried to wash it and broke it in the bathtub. After tommy chong’s legal issues I knew I had made 1 of the biggest mistakes of my life. Many tears of regret to say the least.

      • mac

        I have a 18 inch per raid Chong for sale. Email me for pics, serious inquires only please. Thanks.

  • Masongonzo

    thts is a sexy ass bong bro and heater weed and i feel on all this shit

  • GlassFiend

    I love that it is a Chong Bong, great story to tell when smoking it. The downstem is in a corc or something though whats up with that? If your into bongs you would love GlassFeed, its all about pipes and smoking.


  • CTwildheart

    I had a little plastic bong that I got at a Tommy Chong show. It was stolen from my apartment back in 2004. :( Sure would like to replace it…

  • maryjane

    I have a chong bong a 19 tube. Its in great condition.

  • mattwrigs

    ive had a chong bong for about 10 years. i met him at a head shop in kansas city. bought it and he signed it for me “merry chongmas” lol and his name under that. still to this day have never smoked out of it.

  • rollo

    I will always contend my US Bong was the real deal. They were put under back in 1990. I live in the DC area and they were in Rockville. I had a few of their pieces. I had the infamous gattling bowl.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002045025422 Derek Achord

    I have the Bamboo model, IMO much better looking than yours, no slide bong only and its for sale, illuzionofreality@msn.com they are super rare and go for 1k + these days so be prepared to pay!

  • Nikki

    Hi. I have a one of a kind Tommy chong bamboo addition. Does anyone know anything about this piece? I’m to the point that I think I have to sell it(nosey kids)even though it has been my baby for many years now.

    • chongncheech

      There were a few different bamboos..some came with a secondary perc

  • OrangeTCbubbs

    I have a beautiful preraid T Chong bubbler that is huge.. orange and beautiful. and up for offers… @halflingmm@yahoo FLAWLESS

  • chonglover420

    I have a tommy chong 3 ft thats pre raid and blown out from bottom to top almost!!! the company name for her is “The Babe” and also one of my most prized possessions and also FLAWLESS :) to me she is priceless but i do wonder what she is worth and i also wonder how many “The babe” tubes were blown

    • chongncheech

      The babe is a sick piece! Did you get it new?

      • chonglover420

        yep…at trails in phoenix… about 10 years ago …right out of the mothership room. :)

        • chongncheech

          Awesome..the babe was blown starting with 8ft of 50x7mm glass. There aren’t many of them around. I would guess its worth around 3-5 thousand. I have a collection of 12 chongs but I don’t have “the babe” hold on to that piece its a real collectors item! Oh if you don’t mind me asking..how much did it retail for 10 years ago?