A Texas woman is behind bars on charges of drug possession after falling hook, line and sinker to a fake news alert claiming that drug supplies in the area had been contaminated by the Ebola virus.
29-year-old Chastity Eugina Hopson was arrested Thursday and charged with possession of less than one gram of a controlled substance.
She was responding to a Facebook post from the Granite Shoals Police Department that said supplies of meth and heroin in the area had possibly been contaminated with Ebola.
“If you have recently purchased meth or heroin in Central Texas, please take it to the local police or sheriffâ€™s department so it can be screened with a special device,” it read. “DO NOT use it until it has been properly checked for possible Ebola contamination!”
The post was shared more than 1,290 times on Facebook, and garnered more than 200 comments.
Just two days later, the department posted that cops had their “first concerned citizen” respond to the post. Officers then “gladly took the item for further testing.”
Sheâ€™s currently residing in the Burnet County Jail on a $5,000 bond.