(SALT LAKE CITY) — A Utah woman was shocked when she discovered cocaine inside of tampons she purchased. Now police are investigating whether the discovery could be connected to a larger smuggling scheme.
Cindy Davidson, 39, went to an NPS Store in Salt Lake City in search of a bargain. The store is described as “a salvage and freight recovery company” on its website.
On Saturday, while shopping at the NPS Store with her sister, she spotted the box of 16-count Boots tampons for $1.99.
“On Sunday, I went to use one and inside the plastic applicator was cellophane with the cocaine wrapped in it,” Davidson said. “I didn’t know it was cocaine. It was just white powder to me.”
The cotton piece of the tampon had been removed and replaced with the white powder.
“After I examined it, I was thinking, that’s so weird. Are these so old that the cotton disintegrated into powder?” she said. “I thought, there’s something so strange about this. Then I stopped opening because I started thinking maybe it was a terrorist attack.”
Davidson called her sister to tell her what she had found and said she was thinking of calling the manufacturer on Monday. Her sister thought she should call the police, just in case, so she did.
“Hazmat came and did their test and told me they were taking the product,” she said. “Later, police knocked on my door and said it was cocaine.”
“I was floored. I really didn’t know what to think,” Davidson said.
The Salt Lake City Police Department is investigating the situation and looking into whether the incident could be related to a larger smuggling scheme.
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Chuck Johnston, CNN Newswire
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