Men Arrested In Illegal Soap Deal In NC Airport?

Three people were arrested in an airport in North Carolina for alleged sale of drugs, which turned out to be soap, but they’re still in jail anyway.

By karlibenoit on October 25, 2018
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You’d think it was a drug deal. Nope – it was just soap, but the guys got arrested anyway. Seriously, they sold 10 bars of soap in an airport, and got busted. We’ll explain.

It happened at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina. Airport police got credit for the bust, which didn’t exactly go how they thought it would. Before you ask, no, it’s not illegal to sell soap at an airport. But, it IS illegal to sell drugs at an airport, which is what airport police thought was happening. You can’t blame them though, the soap was wrapped up like bricks of cocaine. Wrapped in tape and thick plastic. Initially, the three people (two guys and a woman) were arrested and charged with a drug trafficking crime.

THEN, police got the test results back from the lab, which determined that the “drugs” were actually bars of Ivory soap. Yeah, like, for cleaning your hands. But the police still made a charge stick, keeping the three in jail. According to the article, “It is a crime to sell something that people are supposed to believe is an illegal drug or to take part in a deal like that.” So, selling “fake” drugs is still a drug-dealing crime, apparently. The new charges include “attempting to traffic in cocaine,” as well as possession of a “counterfeit controlled substance” with intent to sell. Check out some more details here.

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