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

The Law Officer's Pocket Manual - Bloomberg BNA
This handy 4" x 6" spiral-bound manual offers examples showing how rules are...

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?

[email protected] @ 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

15-Year-Old on ATV Leads Texas Officers on Freeway Chase
The hour-long pursuit eventually ended off the FM 1340 exit, where the teen surrendered....
$100K Donated to Florida LEOs, Volunteers Affected by Hurricane Michael
“This storm hit us very hard,” Sheriff Ford said, noting about 60 staff members and...

Police Magazine