Pot candy smuggled into Texas
Corinth, Texas (NBC) — Investigators in Corinth, Texas say two people have been arrested for possession of edible marijuana treats.
Last week law enforcement officers said they recently discovered flavored sodas, gummy bears, taffy, hard candy and other edibles, all containing highly-potent marijuana manufactured in Denver and brought to North Texas.
Corinth police said two people recently arrested possessed these types of items.
20-year-old Marisol Noriega was arrested on February 11th for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and possession of about a half-pound of marijuana. Police said Noriega possessed several items of candy and sodas which contained tetrahydrocannabinol (thc), which is the main active chemical compound found in marijuana. Noriega was released on bonds totaling $12,500 dollars.
Investigators also said an ongoing investigation lead to the arrest of 23-year-old David Ramos on Wednesday, February 19th. Ramos faces the same charges as Noriega, but also is being held by immigration and custom enforcement in the Denton County jail.
Police said the new battle lines in Texas' war on drugs isn't along its southern border with Mexico, but simply keeping it from crossing state lines from places where marijuana is now legal.
Police are concerned that kids will be targeted as primary customers with sweet treats that they could eat or drink in front of a parent, teacher or cop and no one would suspect a thing.
"That's our concern, is that they appeal to the younger audience, the younger citizens, and if opened and unpackaged, these could be accessible to children. these could be easily consumed by younger children, that don't know any better," said Lt. Jimmie Gregg with Corinth police.