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Twitch streamer Novaruu is in hot water after clips of her describing federal crimes she said she committed surfaced on Monday. According to the stream, Novaruu finds particular pleasure in smuggling drugs. She admitted on-stream to smuggling a number of illegal substances over state and country borders.
The 20-year-old streamer admitted to these crimes in a Monday stream, which quickly shot to the top of Reddit’s u/LivestreamFail. “I’ve smuggled weed into Arizona and back, I smuggled shrooms from New York to here, I’ve smuggled Xanax all the way from Mexico to L.A.,” Novaruu said. “I’d do it again, it’s fine.”
Novaruu is casually dismissive of the admissions. “I get off on like, smuggling drugs,” she said. The confessions came while she was enjoying a relaxed chat with her subscribers. Streamers often joke with their followers, so it wasn’t immediately clear how serious she was about smuggling drugs, to begin with.
In an interview with the Daily Dot, Novaruu said the incident was, in fact, a joke. “On-stream I made a joke in poor taste,” she said. “I played up how easy it might be to bring back OTC medication from Tijuana. I played it up for content and took the joke too far. The clip was then taken out of context and my wording isn’t the best.”
Luckily, Novaruu is not concerned that her comments will lead to any legal trouble. She explained that she has prescriptions for the majority of the medications she mentioned on-stream, and often didn’t realize she was breaking the law until the deed was done.
“I’m honestly not concerned about the repercussions of these actions because I didn’t do them maliciously. If I did it with intent to sell and admitted to that it should lead to some kind of punishment. But it was for personal use,” she said.
The conversation on Reddit, however, indicates it is far from the first time the streamer has made such claims.
“She was talking about illegally smuggling drugs like a week ago when I was in Cali,” a redditor who goes by Gengar11 commented. “I think she likes talking about doing it as much as she likes doing the act itself.”
Novaruu denied the claim. “You are claiming I was talking about smuggling drugs in person a week ago which simply didn’t happen,” she apparently replied on Reddit.
Others pointed out that a crime is a crime, whether it’s easy or even harmless.
“Can confirm this is drug trafficking,” TheRabadoo wrote. “Bringing drugs across state lines is also trafficking. Source: brother is in prison…for drug trafficking. It’s a federal crime and you can serve some major time.”
More than anything, commenters agreed that Novaruu admitting to her crimes mid-stream was a poor choice. “Imagine being so stupid to say these things in a Livestream,” one commenter said. Other commenters teased the original person who flagged the situation for “snitching” on Novaruu.
Between her comments and the general disregard shown by her followers, it doesn’t seem like Novaruu is taking the blowback very seriously. Next time, however, she might want to avoid talking about it to her upward of 50,000 followers.
This story has been updated.
Correction: A previous version of this story said that Novaruu was Finnish.
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Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.