Police in Peabody, Massachusetts are thanking residents for assisting in the seizure of what investigators say is hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of pot-infused candy. Peabody police have arrested Gary Cioffi, who they allege was in possession of a number of varieties of cannabis edibles branded as THC-infused Wonka bars, Nerds Ropes, Rice Krispies treats and a lot more. Officials are citing the drug seizure as a sign that Massachusetts’ illicit cannabis industry is nonetheless operating across the state. They’re also calling on parents to be additional vigilant about the Halloween candy their kids come house with this year.
Counterfeit Cannabis Candy Seized in Compact-Town Drug Bust
Peabody, Massachusetts is a little town of about 55,000 individuals, a strong half-hour drive northeast from Boston. But the counterfeit cannabis candy the town’s police division seized bears the mark of illicit items that have been circulating about the area for months. Back in June, for instance, members of an Appalachia Higher Intensity Drug Trafficking Region (HIDTA) job force intercepted packages containing a number of pounds of marijuana edibles. Like the candy seized in Peabody, the packages intercepted in Kentucky contained edibles with branding that closely resembled Nerds Rope candy.
These items nonetheless contained clear warnings that they contained THC. They applied compliance and warning labels resembling California packaging needs, listed THC content material and mentioned “Medical” across the best. In spite of the warnings, nonetheless, it would have been effortless to error the cannabis edibles for the retail versions of the candy, specially for pretty young individuals. HIDTA’s bulletin about the seizure referenced the colors, shapes and promotional mascots that make them seem like standard candy and eye-catching to kids.
As a outcome of HIDTA’s seizure of the candy, United States Lawyer Mike Stuart issued a warning to the West Virginia public about the presence of cannabis-infused candy in the region. “This fake ‘candy’ is all trick and no treat,” mentioned Stuart. “It appears like common candy, tastes like candy. But, rather, it is a pretty effective and potent way to get higher.”
Cannabis Candy Focuses Fears On Halloween Trick-or-Treaters
Peabody officials are now providing the very same warning to parents. With Halloween just days away, they’re calling on parents to be specially vigilant about the candy their kids bring house from their trick-or-treating adventures. Primarily based on the Peabody Police Department’s pictures of the seized candy on Facebook, the counterfeit edibles appear to have practically identical packaging.
Photos show the items all include some sort of subtle cannabis branding, no matter if with a weed leaf badge or a indication of THC content material. It is difficult to make out brands or producers in the police pictures, but “Loud LA” seems on boxes containing weed-infused Wonka bars. In addition to the candies, Peabody Police officers also seized a number of pounds of dried cannabis and counterfeit THC vape cartridges labelled with the brand “Bloom.”
Behind all the cannabis police seized, there’s an inconspicuous neighborhood watch sign. And in the Facebook post announcing the seizure and arrest, Peabody Police “thank the neighbors for their cooperation in this matter.” Now, the town has a message for other watch groups and parents: preserve an eye on your kids this Halloween.
Even so, fears about kids coming house with cannabis-infused candy must be tempered with the expertise that illicit cannabis dealers probably are not going to give away items they intend to sell. And now, hundreds of thousands of dollars of these lookalike candies are off the street. And that is great for adult cannabis customers, as properly. Counterfeit edibles could seem to be true items, but they’re manufactured in unknown and unregulated situations. As such, they pose a severe wellness dangers to cannabis customers.