Criminals Trading Laundry Detergent for Drugs
Over the years, criminals have traded everything from guns to jewelry in exchange for drugs. One of the more unusual new trends involves using Tide laundry detergent to obtain illegal substances.On the street, Tide is referred to as “liquid gold”, and is worth between $5 and $10 per bottle. In recent months, this detergent has become somewhat of a currency in itself, with bottles of it being exchanged for drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.Many retailers across the country have reported losing thousands of dollars worth of Tide products monthly. Police officers in many jurisdictions have also raided homes and found hundreds of bottles of this product. It was initially thought that Tide was being used to manufacture drugs, but this theory has since been debunked.
The surge in Tide thefts has caused many retailers to take additional precautions such as keeping the product behind the counter or under lock and key. Others are beefing up security measures to include adding more cameras in the laundry detergent aisle.
Poor economic conditions are thought to have contributed to this trend. Tide is not only one of the most recognizable brands, but also one of the most expensive. Many people simply do not want to give up the luxury of good quality laundry detergent, even if they can’t afford it, so a black market has cropped up to meet this need.