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Police: Alleged Drug Dealer Hid Cocaine in Detergent Box

Laundry detergent is a reliable currency in the drug economy. But is it also a good place to hide your drugs? That's exactly what police say alleged drug trafficker Luis Garcia-Monro did last week on New York Avenue.

Undercover agents met Garcia-Monro at the McDonald's at 2200 New York Ave. NE on March 17, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. Enter the detergent box.

"[Garcia-Monro] exited his vehicle and entered the front passenger seat of the [undercover] vehicle with a GAIN laundry detergent box," writes a Metropolitan Police Department in a court document. "The defendant told the [undercover officers] that the product that they were purchasing was a good product and they were going to love it."

A ringing endorsement for Gain's capacity to clean while still keeping clothes fresh? No! Instead, police say they found 525 grams of cocaine in the box. Garcia-Monro has been charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Previously in "Things People Have Allegedly Put Drugs In": A Honey Bunches of Oats cereal box.

Detergent photo by Shutterstock

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  • name

    And yet, a DC jury will acquit the individual because the appellate court ruled that it can't be proven, despite the person having the box in his lap and having carried the box to the car, that he actually "possessed" the drugs.

    GFYS DC Court of Appeals.

  • anon

    +1 -- you'd need to recover it from his rectum and perform dna tests to establish he had any connection to the drugs or packaging. But then there would still be anywhere from 1-3 jurors who would either dismiss the dna evidence as inconclusive or compromised, claim it didn't prove the suspect was aware of the drugs, or be convinced that the police planted it.

    Why do prosecuters even bother bringing these cases to trial in DC. A DC jury of one's "peers" is a sobering realization.

  • Art

    @name, @anon, I know we should never let the facts get in the way of a good old fashioned rant, but the US Attorney for the District of Columbia actually gets gets a conviction in more than 90% of the cases it brings. Just an FYI.

  • anon

    @Art -- you serve on criminal trial for drug possession with intent to distribute? A small number of DC jurors' heads were ready to explode before they could grasp the concept of constructive possesion. There is rarely active posession in these cases. You may be confusing overall convictions with specific ones that require abstract reasoning to decide.

  • Art

    @anon, if you have a problem with the concept of constructive possession, fine. But, don't use it as a way to disparage DC or its jury pool. Constructive possession is not peculiar to DC.