Woman finds cocaine in granola bar wrapper

SAPD narcotics unit investigating how drugs ended up in package


SAN ANTONIO – A local grandma got a big surprise in her package of granola bars recently.

The woman found a little baggie in the bottom of the wrapper and it turns out it was filled with cocaine.

San Antonio police have been investigating the case since March, but still haven't figured out how the drugs got in the package.

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

Rodriguez was understandably puzzled when the little bag with dollar signs on it fell out of her Nature Valley Oats 'n Honey crunchy granola bar. She thought it might be part of a promotion so she contacted the company.

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

Soon SAPD officers were at her home testing the contents of the baggie.

"He said, 'Congratulations, it's high quality cocaine,' and I had never seen that stuff before," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez didn't buy the box of granola bars at any store, they were leftover samples given to her by a friend. She insists there were no signs the packaging had been tampered with and the bars were properly sealed.

"It is a very strange case," said Sgt. Javier Salazar. "In my 22 years of law enforcement I've never come across a case like this."

Salazar said narcotics officers are handling the incident as a case of product tampering and are trying to figure out how the drugs got inside the package.

"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 is hopeful investigators can solve the mystery, but she's upset with the lack of communication from the company and thinks there should have been a recall.

"There might be others and I do not want that it get in the hands of a child," Rodriguez said.

We reached out to General Mills, the makers of Nature Valley Granola Bars, and spokesman Mike Siemienas issued this statement:

"We referred this to the police in March and are confident this did not happen in our facility."

Siemienas also said, "Inside the production facility the product moves very fast and it would be extremely difficult to get something in there."

The case remains under investigation.


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