Is this your cocaine? Crewe police use Facebook in drug case

Published: Feb. 18, 2015 at 2:02 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2015 at 2:37 AM EST
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Crewe police took an unorthodox approach to find a drug suspect by posting a humorous post on Facebook about drugs that were found in a dollar store.

Pam Spain said it was a slow day at the Crewe Super Dollar when she made an unusual discovery.

"There was something on the floor, and it appeared to be drugs," said Spain. In one of the back aisles, Spain found a bag of cocaine.
"I watch 'C

CREWE, VA (WWBT) - ops,' so I knew it was cocaine, probably," she said. "I wasn't really sure what to do with it, so I called the Sheriff's department."

The town police took the cocaine, but it was what they did next that had everyone talking. They posted on Facebook, reaching out to the suspect. "If you mistakenly dropped your cocaine today and were at Super Dollar, please contact us. We would like to talk with you further about your property," their post said.

"We have to enforce the law, but we're also human and we can reach people through humor, so we're trying to go out and make ourselves approachable in the public," said Det. Ella Turner.
The  social media strategy worked, with dozens of likes, comments, and shares.

"That's kind of cute. We don't have a lost and found here, so I guess that's the best way to find it," said Spain.
The department clarified on the post that they will not be giving the cocaine back to its owner. While they're joking about the incident, Turner said Crewe does have a drug problem, and the town police are taking it seriously.
"It's something that we don't shy away from. We are very well aware that is exists and we're very actively working with it all the time," said Turner.
Turner applauds Spain for reaching out to them.

"The clerk could have disposed of the paraphernalia on her own but she reached out to law enforcement to make us aware of the problem which is exactly what we want and have been working towards," said Turner.

Police say they haven't gotten any real leads in this case, but they're just hoping this opens up the conversation and that more people do what Spain did: come to them.

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