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Cops: We're Worried About Zika in Your Meth. Let Us Test It.

Police department in Louisiana gets a little snarky in Facebook post
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2018 10:31 AM CST
This 2018 photo shows a box containing methamphetamine.   (Cannon River Drug and Violent Task Force via AP)

(Newser) – 'Tis the season for cheeky police departments, and this Sunday we present you with the fine officers in Harahan, La., who are apparently very concerned that your meth might be contaminated. "If you have recently purchased meth in any area of Louisiana it may be contaminated with the Zika Virus," read a Facebook post from late Saturday. "Please bring all of it to your local Police Department and they will test it for free. If you're not comfortable coming to us, an officer will be glad to come to you and test your Meth in the privacy of your home." The post had nearly 400 comments and 2,700 shares by Sunday morning.

The department hasn't had any takers yet, says officer Keith Moody, who runs the Facebook page. "Although the post was originally a lighthearted attempt at humor, a lot of great (and incredibly raw) intelligence can be cultivated from the comments," Moody tells ABC News. "There is a lot of great information obtained by reading threads. Criminals have a tendency to say/do some pretty incriminating behavior when given the opportunity to 'blow off.'" (Read more methamphetamine stories.)

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