'Humorous' police post about Ebola-tainted meth results in arrest

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   March 28, 2016 at 10:17 AM

GRANITE SHOALS, Texas, March 28 (UPI) -- A Texas police department said a hoax Facebook post about meth and heroin contaminated with Ebola was meant to be "humorous," but one suspected meth user missed the joke.

The Granite Shoals Police Department took to Facebook Tuesday with a tongue-in-cheek post warning that local supplies of methamphetamine and heroin were contaminated with Ebola.

"If you have recently purchased meth or heroin in Central Texas, please take it to the local police or sheriff department so it can be screened with a special device. DO NOT use it until it has been properly checked for possible Ebola contamination! Contact any Granite Shoals PD officer for testing," the post read.

The department said in a follow-up that the post was meant to be "humorous," but at least one person missed the joke.

Police said Chastity Eugina Hopson contacted police Thursday after suspecting that her methamphetamine could be contaminated with Ebola.

"Our officers gladly took the item for further testing," the post read.

Hopson was arrested on drug charges.

The Christian County Sheriff's Office in Missouri posted a similar hoax on its Facebook page last week, warning that local meth supplies might have been contaminated by hepatitis or staph.

There was no word on whether Christian County's post had led any members of the public to submit their meth for testing.

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