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Thieves Stealing Tide Detergent For Drug Buys

March 15, 2012  | 

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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.

Tags: Crime Trends, Drug Trafficking, Convenience Stores


Comments (3)

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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.

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