Cocaine Record Doesn’t Wash--but Then, It Does

<i> Associated Press</i>

What was thought to be the largest amount of cocaine ever seized in the county turned out to be a big bust.

Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies handed the crime lab what they believed was 200 grams of cocaine. But lab tests showed that it was laundry detergent.

A chemical in the detergent may have triggered a positive reaction in earlier tests of the substance, said Tom Jaudzemis of the county attorney’s office.

A felony charge of possession of cocaine against Ronald M. Berkland, 38, was dropped Tuesday. He still faces misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.