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Woman who licked tub of ice cream faces up to 20 years in prison

Posted at 4:16 PM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 18:18:37-04

LUFKIN, Texas – A woman in Lufkin, Texas, walked into her local Walmart, opened a container of Blue Bell, licked the ice cream and then put the container back in the freezer. Now, she faces up to 20 years in prison.

The woman can be seen in a now-viral video posted to Twitter Saturday. The person recording can be heard saying, “Lick it, lick it. Oh, you foul. Put it back, put it back.”

“Food tampering is not a joke, and we will not tolerate tampering with our products,” the statement concludes. Blue Bell creameries said they told police as soon as one of their employees was able to identify the store where the incident took place.

Now, Lufkin Police detectives believe they have identified the woman based on surveillance footage, and are working to identify the man who recorded the video. They intend to arrest the woman on a charge of second-degree felony tampering with a consumer product, which carries a punishment of 2-20 years, Lufkin police told CBS News in a statement.

“We’re appalled that someone would do this,” Lufkin Director of Public Safety Gerald Williamson said in a statement. “We take it incredibly seriously and we’re acting on it as the major crime that it is.”

The department is also consulting with the FDA regarding possible federal charges. The investigation is ongoing.