Teen Tried To Hide Drug-Filled Pringles Can For Parents, Police Say

By Victoria Kim 09/06/17

Police also reportedly found crack cocaine in a jar of salsa on the premises. 

a row of pringles in a  grocery aisle.

A teenage girl in Monroe, Michigan reportedly tried hiding her parents’ stash when the police came over—but her plan backfired and now mom and dad are facing drug charges.

A routine visit from probation officers went south when the Monroe Vice Unit arrived at the home, according to The Monroe News. Police had reportedly found “some crack cocaine” inside of a salsa jar as well as remnants of crack on the kitchen floor. The probation officers were checking on the girl’s parents.

That apparently led police to call in a drug-sniffing dog to the house. That’s when the couple’s 14-year-old daughter reportedly grabbed a Pringles can containing crack and ecstasy and tried passing it off to a relative outside of the house, according to CBS Detroit. But police allegedly caught her in the act and confiscated the Pringles container—which had 42 grams of crack cocaine and 15 grams of ecstasy hidden inside.

Authorities also seized about $4,300 in cash from the home. The couple is now being charged with possession with intent to deliver drugs and maintaining a drug house. Both the girl and her relative have been released from police custody.

For the girl and her parents, the ol' crack-in-a-Pringles-can trick may not have cut it—probably why it didn’t make it onto the DEA’s list of common hiding places for teenage drug users. 

The agency’s Get Smart About Drugs website—a resource for parents, caregivers, and teachers—covered basic household items such as alarm clocks, graphing calculators, heating vents, and even teddy bears. The list of hiding places encourages parents and caregivers to suspect the presence of hidden drugs inside ordinary items.

“You usually wouldn’t be suspicious of your teen keeping his or her graphing calculator close, but if you suspect them of addiction, you may have to be,” the DEA explains. “A small amount of drugs can be hidden inside of the battery compartment.”

Other strange hiding places that have tried and failed to dupe customs officials include meth in a cheese wheel, and cocaine stuffed in tamales, rocking horses, and a statue of Jesus. These items appeared on a Top 10 roundup compiled by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, listing the strangest busts of 2014.

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