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Salt Lake City woman buys cocaine-tainted tampons

Published May 3, 2012 1:51 pm

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A Salt Lake City shopper got more than she bargained for when she opened her box of tampons.

Police Detective Carlie Wiechman said that earlier this week the woman found that someone had removed many of the tampons and shoved baggies full of cocaine into the cardboard applicators.

The woman immediately called police, who brought in a hazardous material team that determined the white powdery substance was, in fact, cocaine.

Wiechman said detectives aren't releasing the name of local business where the woman purchased the cocaine-tainted tampons because the investigation is still ongoing. She also said police were withholding how much cocaine was inside the box, but noted multiple tampons had been tampered with.

She said the box apparently didn't look like it had been tampered before the woman purchased it.

"It's weird," Wiechman said. "It's not something we've seen a ton of."

She said if anyone buys a product that appears to have been tampered with — particularly a health care item — they should call the police.

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