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Grandmother finds cocaine in granola bar wrapper

1 year 8 months 2 weeks ago May 07, 2015 May 7, 2015 Thursday, May 07 2015 May 07, 2015 1:03 PM in News
Source: KSAT / WBRZ
By: Brock Sues

SAN ANTONIO, TX - A Texas grandma was shocked to find a little something extra when she unwrapped a granola bar last month.

In March, 60-year-old Cynthia Rodriguez of San Antonio found a small baggie in the bottom of the wrapper of a Nature Valley Oats 'n Honey crunchy granola bar. She turned it over to San Antonio Police who tested the contents of the baggie to find the substance inside was cocaine. They have been investigating the case for a month now and have yet to figure out how the drugs got into the package.

"One morning my husband and I were opening our granola bars and I like it to the very end," said Cynthia Rodriguez when speaking with local ABC affiliate KSAT-TV. "I was shaking the little bag out to get the crumbs when all of the sudden this little baggie popped out."

At the time, Rodriguez said she thought it was some sort of promotion so she contacted the company, according to KSAT.

"The young lady goes, 'No, we're not running any promotion; I suggest you call the police department,'" Rodriguez said.

San Antonio Police Department officers went to the grandmother's home, performed a test on the contents of the mysterious baggie and determined that it contained "high quality" cocaine.

Rodriguez told police she didn't buy the box of granola bars from the store, the bars she received were leftover samples given to her by a friend. KSAT reports the woman insisted there were no signs the packaging had been tampered with and all of the bars were factory sealed. Narcotics officers are handling the incident as a case of product tampering.

"The frightening aspect of it is anybody could have come in contact with this," Salazar said. "It could have just as easily been a child opening up this snack and finding this dangerous narcotic inside of it."

Rodriguez said she hopes investigators can unravel the health food mystery. In the meantime, she is upset the company has not put a recall of the product into place.

KSAT said they reached out to General Mills, the company behind Nature Valley Granola Bars, and spokesperson Mike Siemienas issued the following statement:

"We referred this to the police in March and are confident this did not happen in our facility. Inside the production facility the product moves very fast and it would be extremely difficult to get something in there."

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Image: KSAT-TV

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