Texas woman Cynthia Rodriguez was shocked when she discovered a small bag of cocaine inside the wrapper of a granola bar.
“You think of a child getting a hold of a package that’s got interesting symbols on it, dollar signs in this case, and ingesting something like cocaine that could have a possibly dangerous effect, maybe even deadly on a child,” Sgt. Javier Salazer said.
Rodriguez originally reported the incident after the bag of cocaine fell from her Nature Valley granola bar.
At first, Rodriguez thought she won a prize. When she called Nature Valley, a company representative told her to report the incident to her local police department. Police ran tests on the substance for both heroin and cocaine.
After determining that the substance was high quality cocaine, officers took the drugs, wrapper and box of granola bars as evidence.
“We’re not sure if this was something added on purpose or if it was something that may have fallen out of someone’s pocket on the assembly line,” Salazar said.
On Wednesday, owner of Nature Valley brand General Mills released a statement noting that it’s unlikely the bag of cocaine was inserted in the factory, since granola bars move so quickly along assembly lines.
According to Rodriguez, she received several boxes of Natural Valley bars from a person who handed them out as samples at a San Antonio area store. She noted that the larger box and the wrapper itself had not appeared to be open.