A California mother is horrified when her young son discovered cocaine in a toy they purchased from a Bell Gardens restaurant vending machine.
The squishy ball in a plastic container was similar to a stress ball, according to CBSLA.com, and it was purchased from the vending machine around 9:30 pm Monday.
According to Bell Gardens police Detective Miguel Torres, “While her son was playing with the putty-ball toy, it ruptured and white powdery substance came out.” It was at that point that the boy’s mother called police and officers showed up with a drug-testing kit.
After running the powder through it, police learned it was indeed cocaine, and a totally of 136 grams were removed and recovered. Detectives on the case told CBS2/KCAL9’s Jeff Nguyen that the amount of cocaine is not a small amount.
“It was weird because me and my sister get toys sometimes. and then when I heard about it, I was like I’m not going to get them anymore,” said a restaurant customer. Another customer, Candace Mahan, said, “These are kids, small kids coming in here looking for stuff in the machines.”
Police said the machine belongs to a company called Snack Time Vending, and detectives don’t think that the restaurant or the vending company are involved. “It was weird because me and my sister get toys sometimes. and then when I heard about it, I was like I’m not going to get them anymore,” said one restaurant customer. Detectives are still investigating how the cocaine got into the vending machine.
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[Featured Image Credit: Bell Gardens Police Department]