FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Dynamic Plaques - FVT Plaques
FVT Plaques is introducing new dynamic plaques to recognize police and sheriff's...

Security Policy and the Cloud

Ask The Expert

Mark Rivera

FBI-CJIS Security Policy Compliance Officer

Mark Rivera, Customer Retention Manager and CJIS Security Compliance Officer with Vigilant Solutions, served for sixteen years with the Maryland State Police, retiring at the rank of First Sergeant with thirteen of those years at the supervisory and command level. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from The Johns Hopkins University and Secret clearance through the FBI, Baltimore.

Top News

Thieves Stealing Tide Detergent For Drug Buys

March 15, 2012  | 

CC_Flickr: ladybugbkt
CC_Flickr: ladybugbkt

When police in suburban Washington raided the home of a suspected drug dealer last fall, they found the cocaine, all right, but also something unusual on the man's shelves: nearly 20 large bottles of liquid Tide laundry detergent.

It turns out his customers were paying for drugs not with cash but with stolen Tide, police said.

Tide has become a hot commodity among thieves at supermarkets and drugstores in at least some parts of the United States, reports the Associated Press.

For a variety of reasons, the detergent in the familiar flame-orange bottle is well-suited for resale on the black market: Everybody needs laundry detergent, and Tide is the nation's most popular brand. It's expensive, selling for up to $20 for a large bottle at stores. And it doesn't spoil.


Comments (3)

Displaying 1 - 3 of 3

Laura @ 3/15/2012 4:49 PM

Sometimes when I hear a story like this, it really makes me glad I am retired. I'm afraid to ask: What will they think of next?

M@ @ 3/15/2012 5:30 PM

WTF?!!

Fed Cop @ 3/20/2012 7:57 AM

Who knew? I've been throwing that stuff down the drain for years by washing clothes. I could have just sold it on the streets.

We need a law, ya, ya, that's it - Possession and distribution of a cleaning substance.

I wonder if you put a cheap brand of detergent in a Tide bottle, you could get arrested for selling a counterfeit substance? I think we need to contact Eric Holder for an opinion on that one.

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Off-Duty Puerto Rico Officer Killed by Would-Be Robber
Puerto Rico Agent Gilberto Colón-Leon was shot and killed when he took action during a...
Former L.A. County Undersheriff Sentenced to 5 Years for Obstruction of Justice
Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was sentenced to five years in federal...
Man Shot and Killed While Trying to Drown Georgia Trooper
Police say a Georgia State Patrol trooper shot and killed a man Saturday after he...
Seattle Officer Injured in Riot Plans to Sue City Over "Inadequate Equipment"
A Seattle police officer who was hit in the head with a slab of concrete during this...
Black Lives Matter Withdraws from San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade Over Increased Police Presence
On Tuesday, SF Pride announced that this year’s events would have a “significant police...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine