A San Antonio grandmother received the shock of her life the other day when she opened her Nature Valley Oats & Honey granola bar, and out dropped a little baggie with dollar signs printed on it.

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KENS 5 reports that Cynthia Rodriguez thought it was a prize at first. Rodriguez said,”Oh my god, maybe Nature Valley is running some kind of promotion!”

When Rodriguez called Nature Valley and described what happened, the company suggested that she call local police. A police officer and a detective came to Rodriguez’s house and tested the powder for both heroin and cocaine.

Rodriguez said, “He tried for cocaine and they both looked at each other and he goes, ‘oh my goodness, its high quality cocaine.’

Rodriguez is grandmother to 11 young kids, three of whom currently live with her. A friend who hands out samples of granola bars and other products at local supermarkets had given them to her for the kids. Police confiscated all the granola bars, but none of the other boxes appeared to have been tampered with in any way.

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Sergeant Javier Salazar told KENS 5,

“It’s a somewhat disturbing case. 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.”

Now detectives are trying to determine how the cocaine got inside the granola wrapper. Salazar said, “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.”

General Mills owns the Nature Valley brand, and company spokesman Mike Siemienas said it would be extremely difficult for someone to place drugs so carefully inside the wrapper, since the assembly lines move so fast. As a result, the company’s official statement says they are “confident this did not happen in our facility.”


That’s no golden ticket, son.

[via KENS 5]

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