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Woman discovers ‘surprise’ with Nature Valley granola bar

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Granola bars give great, sustainable energy—even without the surprise inside. Photo: Shutterstock

Nature Valley is a household name. The company makes those delicious granola bars found in the backpacks of every camper, climber, and hiker, and childrens’ lunches. So you can only imagine Cynthia Rodriguez’s surprise when a small bag of white powder fell from her Oats N’ Honey bar and into her lap.

Initially, she thought she’d won a prize or something, but after contacting Nature Valley directly, a representative urged her to contact the police. The tiny green Ziploc bag decorated with money bag designs was then analyzed by police and determined to be “high-quality” cocaine.

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Photo: Cynthia Rodriguez/KENS5

“You think of a child getting a hold of a package that’s got interesting symbols on it, dollar signs in this case, and ingesting something like cocaine that could have a possibly dangerous effect, maybe even deadly on a child,” Sgt. Javier Salazar of the San Antonio Police Department told KENS5.

The drugs, the wrapper, and the box the granola bar came in was taken by SAPD as evidence, while investigators try to figure out at what point the white powder ended up in the fibrous snack bar.

More than anything though, Cynthia Rodriguez is simply grateful that it wasn’t one of her 11 grandchildren who found the bag.

“What if they thought it was sugar?” asked Rodriguez.

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