Drug-laced treats pose danger

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We commend the Corinth Police Department for its quick response to reports of a possible new trend in illegal drug sales.

A few days ago, department officials warned parents to be on the alert after officers confiscated a small batch of drug-laced candy and soda.

Now, Lt. Jimmie Gregg, spokesman for the department, tells us that officers have made two arrests in connection with the case.

The quick action is a reassurance to parents. In their initial warning, police said the items they had found appeared to be large gummy bears, candy bars, hard candies and even soda pop.

But these were not ordinary treats. Police said the items they found all contained tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, which is the main active chemical compound found in marijuana.

Although the department had only confiscated a small batch of the items, officials were concerned that the find could represent a new trend of concern for law enforcement in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“These items came from Colorado where it’s legal, but once it crosses state lines, these items are illegal,” Gregg said recently.

We can certainly understand why parents would be concerned about such items and why Corinth police and other law enforcement officers are alarmed about a possible trend.

We appreciate the fact that such items may be legal in some areas, but as Gregg pointed out, they’re certainly not legal here.

Few things are more attractive to youngsters than candy and soda pop, and the last thing we need is to have a child find such an item and consume it. We don’t know about other parents, but we certainly don’t want our children to get sick or worse from sampling this garbage.

Gregg said officers have been sharing their findings with Denton County law enforcement agencies and, so far, this seems to be an isolated incident.

“This new trend is going to be hard on police because this isn’t what we are typically looking for and brings law enforcement another issue to deal with,” he said.

Gregg said that while no schools in the area have had issues with the drug-laced candies yet, police want parents and teachers to be ready.

We agree. In our experience, most parents try to keep up with such trends so they can be aware of new dangers, but as Gregg said, this latest threat isn’t what officers are typically looking for, and the results could be disastrous.

“If a 2- or even 4-year-old gets a hold of a large gummy bear laced with THC, it’s a very potent chemical that could cause harm,” he said.

Anyone who has information or questions about the drug-laced items may contact the police at 940-498-2017.

As police told us, this could be an isolated incident, but when it comes to children, we like to err on the side of caution and safety.

There’s nothing safe about exposing a child to THC, so we need to all work together to help police watch out for this new threat.


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