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3rd Jun '15 3:16:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Wilt}}'', after Henry Wilt is accused of murdering his wife, the police search his house and find a lot of what looks like damning evidence, including a cleaver he had used to open a can of red lead.

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* In ''{{Wilt}}'', ''Literature/{{Wilt}}'', after Henry Wilt is accused of murdering his wife, the police search his house and find a lot of what looks like damning evidence, including a cleaver he had used to open a can of red lead.



* One episode of ''{{NCIS}}'' had the team investigating what they believed was a murder caught on video. Halfway in, Abby discovers that the knife that was supposedly used as the murder weapon is a prop knife that drips stage blood.

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* One episode of ''{{NCIS}}'' ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' had the team investigating what they believed was a murder caught on video. Halfway in, Abby discovers that the knife that was supposedly used as the murder weapon is a prop knife that drips stage blood.



* One episode of ''TheDrewCareyShow'' had Drew's being investigated on suspicion of being a junkie. The white powder on Drew's coffee table is revealed to be powdered sugar from an extraordinary quantity of donuts, and one police officer found a professional-grade scale thinking it was being used to make meth, when Drew was trying to prove that Quarter Pounders weigh less than a quarter pound in order to file a lawsuit.

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* One episode of ''TheDrewCareyShow'' ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' had Drew's being investigated on suspicion of being a junkie. The white powder on Drew's coffee table is revealed to be powdered sugar from an extraordinary quantity of donuts, and one police officer found a professional-grade scale thinking it was being used to make meth, when Drew was trying to prove that Quarter Pounders weigh less than a quarter pound in order to file a lawsuit.



* Once on ''{{Matlock}}'', Matlock and Tyler (his private investigator) were investigating a person who had some strange powdery substance delivered to his house every day. Tyler was working undercover as a chauffeur. They met late at night in a dark alleyway for Ben to get a sample for testing. Then the cops came and busted Matlock, since it was a known drug trafficking hangout. Matlock protested his innocence but was arrested. The cops tested the powder - it was a diet formula.

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* Once on ''{{Matlock}}'', ''Series/{{Matlock}}'', Matlock and Tyler (his private investigator) were investigating a person who had some strange powdery substance delivered to his house every day. Tyler was working undercover as a chauffeur. They met late at night in a dark alleyway for Ben to get a sample for testing. Then the cops came and busted Matlock, since it was a known drug trafficking hangout. Matlock protested his innocence but was arrested. The cops tested the powder - it was a diet formula.
17th Apr '15 8:46:20 PM nombretomado
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* A {{CSI}} episode started with a room with walled covered in spattered blood. Later it was found that the blood had come from a man with a nosebleed, deliberately messing up the walls.

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* A {{CSI}} ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode started with a room with walled covered in spattered blood. Later it was found that the blood had come from a man with a nosebleed, deliberately messing up the walls.
4th Apr '15 10:44:41 AM PuritanPhysicist
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* Possibly an urban myth: Three 7th-grade students at a Chicago public school were once arrested and brought to the police station for selling bags of a powder, which they continually insisted was just Kool-Aid. After spending 3 months trying to press charges, the prosecutors finally agreed to test the powder - and it turned out to be grape Kool-Aid mix. Due to the dangers involved in on-the-spot manual analysis of suspicious white powders (read: [[FingertipDrugAnalysis sampling or sniffing]]) an arrest will usually be made on the grounds of suspicious behavior or prior suspicion and the arrested will be detained until the powder can be tested - whether in the lab or using special equipment or dogs.

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* Possibly an urban myth: Three 7th-grade students at a Chicago public school were once arrested and brought to the police station for selling bags of a powder, which they continually insisted was just Kool-Aid. After spending 3 months trying to press charges, the prosecutors finally agreed to test the powder - and it turned out to be grape Kool-Aid mix. Due to the dangers involved in on-the-spot manual analysis of suspicious white powders (read: [[FingertipDrugAnalysis sampling or sniffing]]) an arrest will usually be made on the grounds of suspicious behavior or prior suspicion and the arrested will be detained until the powder can be tested - whether in the lab or using special equipment or dogs.dogs.
* Played straight in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beltway_sniper_attacks 2002 Beltway sniper attacks]]. The snipers targeted people just off of interstates and major highways, to ensure they could get away quickly. Because of he high volume of commercial traffic that used those highways, many eyewitnesses at the shootings reported seeing a "white van or box truck speeding away." The police and FBI ran with this theory, and [[CassandraTruth ignored a report at one of the first shootings]] about an older blue Chevrolet Caprice. Eventually, other evidence was revealed tying the Caprice to the snipers, at which point the investigators realized that [[PoliceAreUseless it had been found at multiple checkpoints after each shooting]].
6th Mar '15 2:11:31 PM TVRulezAgain
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* One PeterKay skit related his CrazyPrepared dad's trouble carrying a small plastic bag of Coffeemate, a milk substitute that comes in the form of a white powder, through foreign customs.

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* One PeterKay Creator/PeterKay skit related his CrazyPrepared dad's trouble carrying a small plastic bag of Coffeemate, a milk substitute that comes in the form of a white powder, through foreign customs.
28th Feb '15 2:13:14 PM unokkun
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* Possibly an urban myth: Three 7th-grade students at a Chicago public school were once arrested and brought to the police station for selling bags of a powder, which they continually insisted was just Kool-Aid. After spending 3 months trying to press charges, the prosecutors finally agreed to test the powder - and it turned out to be grape Kool-Aid mix. Due to the dangers involved in on-the-spot manual analysis of suspicious white powders (read: sampling or sniffing) an arrest will usually be made on the grounds of suspicious behavior or prior suspicion and the arrested will be detained until the powder can be tested - whether in the lab or using special equipment or dogs.

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* Possibly an urban myth: Three 7th-grade students at a Chicago public school were once arrested and brought to the police station for selling bags of a powder, which they continually insisted was just Kool-Aid. After spending 3 months trying to press charges, the prosecutors finally agreed to test the powder - and it turned out to be grape Kool-Aid mix. Due to the dangers involved in on-the-spot manual analysis of suspicious white powders (read: [[FingertipDrugAnalysis sampling or sniffing) sniffing]]) an arrest will usually be made on the grounds of suspicious behavior or prior suspicion and the arrested will be detained until the powder can be tested - whether in the lab or using special equipment or dogs.
17th Jul '14 5:55:45 PM CaptainNevada
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* In ''Series/TheGoodWife'' one of Alicia's clients pulls the cake mix ruse. His motive was to root out which of his lawyers was informing on him. The time frame points to Alicia, but she isn't the snitch (at the time, her phone was tapped by the NSA, which was passing information to the DEA).
11th Jul '14 11:12:31 AM Codefreak5
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* This tends to happen a lot in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series, mostly in the inverse direction, but there are some normal moments too.

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* This tends to happen a lot in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series, [[InvertedTrope mostly in the inverse direction, direction]], but there are some normal moments too.
4th Apr '14 8:23:32 AM Viira
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* This tends to happen a lot in the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' series, mostly in the inverse direction, but there are some normal moments too.

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* This tends to happen a lot in the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series, mostly in the inverse direction, but there are some normal moments too.



* Three 7th-grade students at a Chicago public school were once arrested and brought to the police station for selling bags of a powder, which they continually insisted was just Kool-Aid. After spending 3 months trying to press charges, the prosecutors finally agreed to test the powder - and it turned out to be grape Kool-Aid mix.
** Due to the dangers involved in on-the-spot manual analysis of suspicious white powders (read: sampling or sniffing) an arrest will usually be made on the grounds of suspicious behavior or prior suspicion and the arrested will be detained until the powder can be tested - whether in the lab or using special equipment or dogs.
*** Searching for an actual news report of this event, the only thing I found was a forwarded e-mail so it might be better classed as an urban myth.

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* Possibly an urban myth: Three 7th-grade students at a Chicago public school were once arrested and brought to the police station for selling bags of a powder, which they continually insisted was just Kool-Aid. After spending 3 months trying to press charges, the prosecutors finally agreed to test the powder - and it turned out to be grape Kool-Aid mix.
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mix. Due to the dangers involved in on-the-spot manual analysis of suspicious white powders (read: sampling or sniffing) an arrest will usually be made on the grounds of suspicious behavior or prior suspicion and the arrested will be detained until the powder can be tested - whether in the lab or using special equipment or dogs.
*** Searching for an actual news report of this event, the only thing I found was a forwarded e-mail so it might be better classed as an urban myth.
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2nd Jan '14 8:41:07 AM Viira
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* This tends to happen a lot in the AceAttorney series, mostly in the inverse direction, but there are some normal moments too.

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* This tends to happen a lot in the AceAttorney ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' series, mostly in the inverse direction, but there are some normal moments too.
1st Jan '14 3:08:36 PM JillBug
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* In ''The Literature/TeenageWorrier's Panick Diary'', Letty discovers that her boyfriend Basil is actually a criminal who burgled her best friend's house. She then remembers that he left a suitcase at her house. When she opens it, it contains what she thinks is rifles, along with a bag of mysterious white powder. When she finally calls the police a week later (because she had flu and was too sick to do anything about it) they tell her she will not be charged because the "guns" and "drugs" were actually golf clubs and soap powder.
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