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 numerous varieties of cannabis edibles branded as THC-infused Wonka bars, Nerds Ropes, Rice Krispies treats and much more. Officials are citing the drug seizure as a sign that Massachusetts’ illicit cannabis marketplace is nonetheless operating across the state. They’re also calling on parents to be additional vigilant about the Halloween candy their youngsters come property with this year.
Counterfeit Cannabis Candy Seized in Smaller-Town Drug Bust
Peabody, Massachusetts is a tiny town of about 55,000 men and women, 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) activity force intercepted packages containing numerous 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 employed compliance and warning labels resembling California packaging needs, listed THC content material and mentioned “Medical” across the prime. In spite of the warnings, nonetheless, it would have been straightforward to error the cannabis edibles for the retail versions of the candy, specially for extremely young men and women. HIDTA’s bulletin about the seizure referenced the colors, shapes and promotional mascots that make them seem like standard candy and appealing to youngsters.
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 preferred candy, tastes like candy. But, as an alternative, it is a extremely highly effective and potent way to get higher.”
Cannabis Candy Focuses Fears On Halloween Trick-or-Treaters
Peabody officials are now providing the identical warning to parents. With Halloween just days away, they’re calling on parents to be specially vigilant about the candy their youngsters bring property from their trick-or-treating adventures. Primarily based on the Peabody Police Department’s photos of the seized candy on Facebook, the counterfeit edibles appear to have almost identical packaging.
Pictures show the items all include some type of subtle cannabis branding, irrespective of whether with a weed leaf badge or a indication of THC content material. It is hard to make out brands or producers in the police photos, but “Loud LA” seems on boxes containing weed-infused Wonka bars. In addition to the candies, Peabody Police officers also seized numerous 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: retain an eye on your youngsters this Halloween.
Even so, fears about youngsters coming property with cannabis-infused candy need to be tempered with the information that illicit cannabis dealers most likely 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 superior for adult cannabis customers, as properly. Counterfeit edibles may well seem to be true items, but they’re manufactured in unknown and unregulated situations. As such, they pose a significant well being dangers to cannabis customers.