Jamaican police clampdown on snorting soap powder ‘cocaine’
SHARON Jaddoo, 44, packed 4 oil drum with goods for her partially sighted aunt in Kingston, Jamaica. The supplies included: cooking oil, rice, custard, teabags, toothpaste and Prudax washing powder.
Mrs Jaddo, who lives in Birmingham, spent £770 on the goods and £370 more to transport the goods her aunt never received in full. When the lot arrived in jamaica, customs officers identified the washing powder as cocaine. Says Mrs Jaddo:
‘‘How stupid can you be? Hasn’t anyone told them you don’t smuggle drugs into Jamaica, you smuggle drugs out of Jamaica?”
We’d like to think that at that point Mr Jaddo held up a huge package marked “Love from Aunty Mavis”. But she didn’t.
Instead, we hark back to a 2002 article in the Jamaica Gleaner, now required reading amongst that country’s border patrollers:
Tony Hendriks, contributor
Every pair of my underpants I own is now squeaky clean!
You can see through them clearly and if you hold them up to the light they sparkle.
There are no drip marks and if you were to rub a slightly damp finger round the edge of the waistband you may get a high-pitched note to resonate forth…
I knew we use tablets not powder (I listen) so like Moses I scoured the place for tablets but found only two such boxes and the one I finally chose boasted power to clean away hard stains like dried egg and baked cheese.
“Wow”, I thought, these English people have some strange eating habits and their soap powder caters for them but if it can move egg and cheese it sure as shirt can shift my under-stains…
It did a good job too, not that I had egg on my shorts or cheese on my toes but it didn’t smell as nice as a usual powders do. I figured it must just be fragrance-free. It was because I’d bought dishwasher tablets.
Locally known as Ecstasy tablets…
PS – Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB, GBL, And 1,4-BD) is nicknamed ‘soap‘.