A Central Texas police department issued a “breaking news alert” on Facebook, cautioning residents that meth and heroin in the Granite Shoals area “could be contaminated with the life-threatening disease Ebola.” Last week’s fake Facebook alert urged the public “NOT” to ingest those illicit drugs “until it has been properly checked for possible Ebola contamination” by the police department.
The ploy netted one arrest, the Granite Shoals Police Department (GSPD) reported on Facebook.
A woman allegedly brought in her meth so the police department could analyze it for Ebola:
This morning, we had our first concerned citizen notify the Granite Shoals Police Department (GSPD) that they believed their methamphetamine may be tainted. Our officers gladly took the item for further testing. Results and booking photos are pending. Please continue to report any possibly tainted methamphetamine or other narcotics to the Granite Shoals Police Department. Public health and safety continue to remain our #1 priority. #notkidding
For the uninitiated, there are no Ebola-contaminated drugs.
The alert was a hoax played on the citizens of Granite Shoals, a town of about 5,000 northwest of Austin.
But the arrest of 29-year-old Chastity Eugina Hopson is not a joke.
She was accused of possessing under a gram of a controlled substance.
The police department described Hopson’s arrest as “the winner of the Facebook post challenge.”
On Monday, the agency explained on Facebook why it undertook the practical joke.
The post railed against the media. “The news only wants to show law enforcement at our worst times and not at our best,” the department wrote.
GSPD said the media also depicts that a law enforcement career “can eat your soul.”
The post ended this way:
So we at the GSPD like to show all parts of the enforcement world on Facebook® and that includes our sense of humor.
To quote Jimmy Buffet, Changes in Latitude Changes in Attitude, “If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.” Look for more posts to come that include suspects we are seeking information on, safety updates, interactions with citizens, In The Line of Duty Deaths, and things that make us laugh.
I hope this will allow you to see who we are, humans, just like you. We have families, friends, lives, laugh, cry, and bleed all the same.
Sgt. (Chris) Decker
#BlueLivesMatter #AllLivesMatter #HumanizingTheBadge