Police may have prevented a large amount of drug-laced candy from ending up in the hands of children.
An investigation led officers to discover and seize more than 40 pounds of candy laced with THC, an active chemical ingredient in marijuana, from an apartment on the south campus of West Chester University in West Chester, Chester County authorities announced Monday.
"With Halloween just around the corner, the last thing we want to see is drug-laced candy hitting the streets," said Chief Deputy District Attorney Patrick Carmody. "This was good work by the police to pick off this load of drugs before it went to college students or kids."
The investigation began when officers smelled marijuana coming from a car in which several West Chester University students were sitting. Questioning of the students led officers to the apartment on South New Street, where the candy was found, officials said.
The candy varied in size from small hard candies to candies the size of a small orange, all of which were wrapped in plastic bags for easier sale and distribution, officials said.
"This appears to be an isolated incident, and we have seized all of the drugs involved," Carmody said. "But it is a good time to remind parents to check the candy collected by their children during Halloween and to discard anything that looks suspicious."
No arrests were announced, but the investigation continues. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Sgt. Matt Paris, West Chester University Police Dept., at 610-692-5100.