A Utah woman who bought a box of discount tampons got a lot more than she had expected when she opened it up.
Cindy Davidson, 39, unwrapped the package she purchased at a Salt Lake City store and instead of finding cotton tampons, she found tiny packages of white powder stuffed inside the cardboard applicators.
Afraid of what the powder might be, she called police who identified the stashed substance as cocaine – and it could be part of a sophisticated drug smuggling operation.
On Saturday, Ms Davidson stopped by a bargain store on 1600 South Empire Road to buy a pack of Crest White Strips, according to the Smoking Gun.
She saw an inexpensive box of Boots brand tampons and tossed it in her cart.
The store, NPS, sells damaged freight goods and unclaimed property at a steep discount.
The next day she opened the sealed cellophane box and did not find what she was looking for.
‘I noticed there was packaging inside that wasn’t normal,’ she said to KSL.
‘They had removed the tampon and there was cocaine inside.’
At first she didn’t identify the white powder as the drug and tried to open it.
After five minutes of trying to open up the plastic-wrapped, fake tampon she got nervous.
‘I thought it might have been a terrorist attack,’ she said.
She called the police, who weren’t able to immediately identify the substance.
The officer’s investigation revealed it was cocaine.
‘It appears to be a highly sophisticated way of attempting to smuggle or get drugs,’ Detective Carlie Wiechman said to KSL.
All of the boxes of tampons have been pulled from the shelves of the store, according to KSL, and police have launched a full-scale investigation.