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Marijuana Laced Candy intercepted in Joplin from Colorado


It looks like candy...but it's a lot more. Lemon drops...sour gummy kids and brownies.all delicious goodies...but with something else added...THC...the ingredient that produces a high in marijuana.

"It's not real candy. It does have the real lemon drops in it, the gummy bears, the brownies, it's all natural from that, but it is laced somehow with THC from marijuana."says Barry County Sheriff, Mick Epperly.

The Southwest Missouri task force has been working the investigation of these drugs for the past couple months, but officers have just now decided to make it public. It all started with a package that was intercepted in Joplin. The package did not have a return address, and the delivery name listed was a nickname, so investigators took a look, and came out with packages of marijuana, along with infused candy and treats.

Halloween is right around the corner and officials say if candy like this falls into the hands of a child, there's the potential that just one could give you a high.

The labels on the candy contain a clear picture of how much THC is listed in each product. Officials say 250 milligrams of one of the pieces can be extremely dangerous.

"It could lead into other drugs and you take a young child that gets a hold of this it could be very dangerous to them and have many side effects." Epperly says.

The package was headed to a vacant home in Pineville Missouri, and residents from the community say they're in shock.

"We're children. If that's for Halloween, it makes me sad to think that the world is this messed up." says Barry County teenager, Erica Davis.

Officials have not made an arrest in this case but want the community to know one thing - especially with trick or treat around the corner.

"The candy looks like any other ordinary candy in the convenience store, but if the children of our counties around us get a hold of this it could start a real big problem." says Epperly.

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