In a quiet Atlanta suburb, local police department confiscated what seemed to be cartoon shaped candy, recently after a hit-and-run mishap. Going Forward the media strongly suggest parents should be cautious for all those who interact with kids– especially with about a month to Halloween– investigators said Monday.
Hapeville officers on Friday took cocaine and marijuana plus a huge batch of marijuana lollipops and Ecstasy pills in the shape of Hello Kitty, Homer Simpson and the Minions from Despicable Me. The scare is that kids could possibly mistake these “pills” as a treat despite the bitter taste.
Hapeville is a city with a population of 6,500, that sits northeast of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and has had about a dozen drug arrests in the previous 6 months, according to reports.
Friday’s drug seizure, which occurred after a suspect ran from the scene of an automobile accident with injuries but left his computer bag. The department did not release the name of the suspect detained however included a remark Monday to its post saying that charges so far consisted of; leaving the scene of a car crash with injuries, ownership of a stolen weapon, possession of a gun by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine and possession of multiple drugs with intent to sell
Last year around the same time authorities in Florida alerted its residents of street drugs that may appear like Halloween candies. A Mason jar and packages filled with the synthetic drug, bath salts was so tough to differentiate from candy that Franklin County deputies had to take the drugs to a laboratory for screening. These “candies” described as being similar to hard candy with crystals. The drugs are dangerous, and potentially fatal when consumed.
Though Hapeville police have actually not validated the types of drugs that officers took, in the past comparable various colored tablets were discovered to be MDMA, much better-called ecstasy or molly. And while pot edibles are legal for recreational use in nine states and the District of Columbia and for medical usage in another 30 states, Georgia is in neither of those classifications, according to the National Cannabis Market Association.
On Monday police released a statement in reaction to the incident .”Our issue is these tablets look sweet like candy, Children may consume these items misinterpreting them for sweet. Teens may see these drugs as less of a risk based upon their looks.”
Though distributing pot edibles, MDMA or bath salts as Halloween deals would be a costly proposal, Hapeville authorities said this event is a great wake up for parents, instructors and coaches to warn children about the risks of drugs prior to the season where kids are motivated to take candy from complete strangers. Parents are encouraged to inspect all Halloween sweets prior to allowing kids to consume their sugary foods.