LACONIA — A hundred cans of powdered baby formula, often used by drug dealers to cut cocaine and heroin, were stolen from Walmart on Sunday afternoon.
An unknown man allegedly walked out of the store at 1:55 p.m. wheeling a shopping cart filled with 100 cans of Enfamil. A photo of the suspect, from a surveillance video, was released by authorities.
Police said the retail value of the stolen baby formula as is sells in Walmart is $1,597.
Capt. Matt Canfield explained how the powder is used to cut drugs: A dealer could have one gram of cocaine worth $100. He could use half the cocaine at original strength, add half a gram of baby formula to the rest and sell it for the same $100. By this calculation, half a gram of Enfamil is now worth $50 to the drug dealer.
Canfield said the stolen Enfamil will likely be fenced at a reduced rate to a drug dealer or traded for drugs.
Anyone who recognizes the man in the surveillance photo or witnessed any unusual activity in the store or parking lot of Walmart on Sunday afternoon, is asked to call Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.
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