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How Tide detergent became a hot commodity in the drug trade




Tide laundry detergent, made by Procter & Gamble Co., is seen on display at the Arguello Supermarket January 28, 2005 in San Francisco.
Tide laundry detergent, made by Procter & Gamble Co., is seen on display at the Arguello Supermarket January 28, 2005 in San Francisco.
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One thing the cartels aren't dealing yet is laundry detergent, but they may start. U.S. law enforcement officials have noticed a curious trend of Tide detergent being used to buy drugs

That's right, the same soap that is tough on stains is now being traded for pot or crack. This story broke last year when there was a rash of Tide thefts across the country.

This week, New York Magazine profiled Sergeant Aubrey Thompson, one man who's been investigating this strange crime wave. He's the head of the Organized Retail Crime Unit for Prince George County Police in Maryland.