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Suspects Disguised Kilo of Meth as Tide Detergent

A pair from Clearwater, Florida, were arrested after they were pulled over for a traffic violation and allegedly found in possession of a kilo of meth inside a box of laundry detergent.

Around 2:30 pm on October 24, a Florida man and his female passenger were in a vehicle traveling down Interstate 10 when they were pulled over by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies for a possible violation of traffic laws.

When they approached the vehicle and made contact with the people inside, the deputies identified the driver as 35-year-old Ryan Davis from Clearwater.

The woman in the passenger’s seat was asked her name, but the deputies reported that she first offered them a false one. Upon researching they were able to find that her legal name is Erica Lang, a 35-year-old resident of Clearwater.

The deputies asked for permission to search the vehicle, but the driver and passenger made it known that they did not consent to the proposed inspection, which resulted in a K9 unit being called to the scene.

K9 Officer Mygo walked around the vehicle and indicated that there was a possible presence of illegal narcotics.

Deputies proceeded to inspect the inside of the vehicle, and they allegedly came across marijuana and THC edibles, two scales, and a large box of Tide powdered laundry detergent.

When they opened the box of Tide, the deputies reported that there was a large sealed clear plastic bag with a white powdered substance inside. As they looked closer, the authorities reported that the laundry detergent had been removed from the box and replaced with a heat-sealed package allegedly containing 1,046 grams of meth.

Davis and Lang were placed under arrest and transported to the Jefferson County jail. They are each facing charges for suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.

The authorities reported that they believe Lang gave a false name when first approached by the deputies because she has eight warrants for her arrest in the state of Florida.

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