CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Drug dealers have a scary new way of getting prescription pills to their customers, and it's putting innocent lives in jeopardy.
A Lanesville, IN mother turned to police after her 14-year-old daughter found prescription painkillers that are commonly sold on the street inside the pocket of a new pair of shorts. The shorts were purchased at the popular teen store Body Central inside Greentree Mall.
The Clarksville Police Department is investigating. Detective Nathan Walls said this type of creativity is a growing trend.
"We received a call that a lady and her daughter had bought an article of clothing from a store and when home, found a bag of pills which appeared to be packaged to sell," Walls said.
The pills were Lortabs, a street-popular painkiller containing hydrocodone. Body Central manager wouldn't comment, but this was not the first time it's happened at the store. Detective Walls recalled at least one other time when marijuana was found in an article of clothing at Body Central.
Walls said it's happened at other stores, too. He made clear that it is not a common occurrence at Body Central or Greentree Mall, but that the trend is growing in general.
"We have situations where they leave drugs in restrooms, leave them in phone booths, things like that," Walls said.
And with no face-to-face contact between buyer and seller, dealers know it makes the crime more difficult to investigate.
Mall management didn't want to comment on camera but did say they're working with police and that safety at the mall is a top priority.