Can a cup of tea land you in prison? In a very strange incident, a driver who drank a particular brand of tea landed himself into trouble in Italy.
Roberto, 37, has unexpectedly tested positive for cocaine in a routine check up by the Italian police. He does not do drugs and has a 10-year spotless reputation of service at the Genovese transport authority.
‘Italian police have ordered to remove a Peruvian coca tea from the shelves after it was found to contain significant levels of cocaine.’
Feeling his bewilderment, the company doctor decided to help him out of this trouble. He inquired him about his regular diet. The driver said that he had drunk a cup of tea brewed from a local Peruvian shop that sells traditional products. It has made him very energetic and alert while driving. The doctor asked him to bring two packets of that tea and brewed himself a cup.
Next day, when the doctor conducted blood tests on himself, he also tested positive for cocaine. He immediately reported this issue to Italian police, who later found that a Milan-based wholesaler has imported this particular brand of tea from Peru.
The Peruvian tea called as the 'delisse alla coca' contains a small amount of cocaine leaves and cocaine hydrochloride. The owner of the shop was not charged with any crime, but the tea has now been removed from Italian shops.