Geneva County police warn parents of laced candy following drug bust


GENEVA COUNTY (WDHN) — At first appearance, they look like packets of ‘Sour Patch Kids’ along with lollipops and other popular candies. However, looks can be deceiving as these items are laced with THC — a chemical in cannabis which makes a person high.

During a news conference Tuesday involving members of the Alabama Department Drug Task Force, parents are asked to be careful when their child ingests what they believe is candy.

“It looks like candy but is laced with THC. It makes someone high, and we ask parents to be particularly careful of what their children are digesting,” Chief Tony Clemmons said.

Three Geneva residents Brandi and Zaric Cardwell, Steven Hornsby, and a 16-year-old juvenile have thus far been arrested and face a variety of drug charges.

Dale/Geneva district attorney Kirk Adams says he wants to target those who sell what appears to be candy, but what is actually heavy drugs.”

“Some of them have heavy drugs and they can be very dangerous, but they are also very illegal,” Adams said.

The drug task force-region B is comprised of mainly local law enforcement agencies across the southern-section of the state. It’s considered essential when keeping track of these types of crimes.

“They’re making cases as we move forward and its one of the greatest things since the smaller drug task forces dried up. And I think we will continue to look forward, and the people should look forward to,” Chief Clemmons said.

With classes getting underway in Wiregrass school districts, authorities want to make sure drug-laced candies will not be tolerated.

With the assistance of the Alabama Department of Law Enforcement Drug Task Force region B, additional residential and business drug raids are anticipated in the coming weeks.

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