When Meth Turns Out to Be Laundry Detergent

Here's one to make you LOL (laugh out loud), from Fourth Amendment.com, which tracks appellate decisons and news pertaining to searches and seizures daily:

Why CI's must be given careful scrutiny: A Worchester, MA man was arrested on information from a snitch that he was in possession of a large quantity of meth in a Wal-Mart bag. After the man arrested bailed out, the crime lab determined it was laundry detergent:

...."A Holland man who was arrested on charges of trafficking methamphetamine says he’s clean, that the drug confiscated from his car by police was simply laundry detergent. After laboratory results tested negative for the drug, charges of trafficking in excess of 200 grams of methamphetamine were dismissed in Central District Court against Leroy Wilcox,... and a co-defendant, Edward J. MacIsaac, 20, of ... Keene, N.H.

"'It was a bag of laundry detergent from Wal-Mart,' Mr. Wilcox said. "He and Mr. MacIsaac were arrested May 9 after police allegedly received a tip that a car with New Hampshire plates was supposed to make a delivery at the Best Western hotel on Oriol Drive.

. . . "At the hotel, vice squad officers said in their reports, a gray Oldsmobile Delta 88 with New Hampshire plates pulled up with six occupants. As police approached the car, they saw the front center passenger, identified as Mr. MacIsaac, allegedly throw a piece of foil from the car and the right rear passenger, identified as Mr. Wilcox, allegedly step on a plastic bag, a move they saw as an effort to smear its contents into the floor.

"Police said they allegedly found directions on Mr. Wilcox on how to make methamphetamine and the address of a Web site listing how to make the drug. Officers also said they field tested the confiscated substance at the police station and that results came back positive. However, official state laboratory tests came back negative, and the charges were dismissed days later.

"Police Sgt. Gary J. Quitadamo said he would not comment beyond the test results, but stressed the initial field tests were positive. He said the drug has many ingredients, and the lab tests showed the entire substance police found in the car tested negative.. . . ."

As if there's a need to comment further.

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    Re: When Meth Turns Out to Be Laundry Detergent (none / 0) (#1)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:59:29 PM EST
    Hi Jeralyn. Sorry for our convoluted names but the town is actually Worcester (no h) and is pronounced (no actual phonetics do it justice)... Wuss (like you're a wuss)-ter. That said, I recall from my distant and misspent youth that snorting meth is an experience comparable to snorting laundry detergent on a number of levels, not the least of which is the effect on your nose. : )

    Re: When Meth Turns Out to Be Laundry Detergent (none / 0) (#2)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:59:30 PM EST
    Don't tell the narcs, but I have a killer kilo of oregano I'm trying to unload.

    Re: When Meth Turns Out to Be Laundry Detergent (none / 0) (#3)
    by kdog on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:59:30 PM EST
    Lie down with rats, come up with fleas and disease.

    Re: When Meth Turns Out to Be Laundry Detergent (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:59:32 PM EST
    Clean and sober.