If you've heard that methamphetamine in Louisiana is associated with the Zika virus, that's a false news.
The meth is just meth.
But the word spread quickly over the weekend and, thanks to a post, said something else on the Harahan Police Department's official Facebook page.
The Post said that recently bought meth in Texas was found in Zika, which can lead to serious birth defects.
It urged all Meth users to, "Please bring all you can tell your local police department and they will test it for free. If you do not like coming to us, an officer will be happy to come to you and test your meth in the privacy of your home.
The Harahan Police Department knows how to get social media clicks.
Harahan police chief Tim Walker confirmed on Sunday that the post was just a stunt to alert people to drug abuse and that it was not actually possible to get the Zika virus in methamphetamine Other law enforcement agencies, which had made essentially the same announcement last year, with the police in Alabama, Ohio and New Jersey all doing so, according to media reports.
As for Harahan's post, Walker admitted on Sunday that it had achieved much more attention than expected. He said the post had already received over 300,000 views and been mentioned in news releases around the world.
Not everyone had the joke – or at least thought it was funny.
"I'm worried about the information being distributed to the community and our surrounding communities and how they get their information," said Tina Miceli, Harahan Mayor. "I do not want residents to be afraid without information."
Monday is Miceli's last day in office. She and Walker have been arguing for months about the finances of the police department and other issues in the Jefferson Parish community.
The incoming mayor Tim Baudier said he understood the joke.
There were few critical responses in social media, even though the posting did not include a disclaimer, as other departments had posted on Facebook postings.
No one had been brought on Sunday afternoon to testify despite the police's offer to be available "24/7/365," Walker said.
Rafael Goyeneche, president of the Watchdog Metropolitan Crime Commission, said that posts such as the one opened on Saturday have long been used as a tool against naïve lawbreakers.
"If someone is gullible enough to believe that … I do not see anything weird about it," he said.
Goyeneche said a similar example would be when authorities lure refugees to leave the hiding place by announcing that they won $ 1 million, leading to their arrest.
In this case, things were only done online.
to see how law enforcement uses this as a tool, "Goyen said. "It's essentially a meaningful goal."
He added that it was not illegal to publish the post on Harahan's official Facebook page, and that "I see nothing inappropriate with it."
In any case, the post office certainly reached its goal of "getting attention".
He hopes that anyone who has a drug problem and reads it will need a moment to think about the dangers of illegal drugs. He defines that as a success.
If anyone is actually paying attention to the post and bringing his police to the police, Walker is not hopeful.
But "you never know," he said.