Police: Powder in toy vending machine not cocaine after all

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   June 8, 2017 at 10:24 AM

June 8 (UPI) -- Police said a white powder found inside toys dispensed by a vending machine at a California restaurant was not cocaine, as they originally believed.

The Bell Gardens Police Department, which earlier reported the vending machine at Taqueria Los Altos in Bell Gardens dispensed 25-cent toys filled with cocaine, said the test that detected the presence of narcotics was found to be a false-positive.

The powder, which was inside balloons that were originally reported to be balls of putty, is now believed to be harmless baking soda or talcum powder.

"During the continued investigation, the police department was able to locate and interview a vendor that provides toys for these vending machines," the department said.

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