MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — There is a new twist in the battle against illegal drugs. Potentially dangerous drugs are turning up with a different look, less conspicuous, and in many cases, kid-friendly. But they aren’t.
Law Enforcement officers are currently investigating cases where drugs were disguised as candy or other edible products. In Indiana, for example, officers seized Sweetart candy that had been laced with heroin, methamphetamine and the prescription drug Xanax.
In Texas, officers arrested a couple and seized packages of lollipops laced with meth, many in the shape of popular Star Wars characters or Batman.
Even on the Gulf Coast, a woman was arrested in March for selling marijuana-laced lollipops on the beach in Okaloosa County, Florida. And a teen was arrested in Jackson County, Mississippi for what Sheriff Mike Ezell said was the first he’d seen in 37 years of law enforcement, drug-infused cereal. Packages of zip-lock bags filled with Rice Krispie Treats and Chex Mix infused with THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
Candy Rush: Drugs in Disguise (Photo Gallery)
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Some things for parents to look out for, candy or treats is plain zip-lock bags or cellophane. But she says, even that may not be enough. Rich says anybody can buy packaging material and dress up illegal drug products to look similar to or just like the real thing. She says it’s a serious conversation parents need to be having around the dinner table when it comes to warning children that these dangerous elements are out there.