4 students hospitalized after eating drug-laced candies

Posted at 5:48 AM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-12 04:34:11-04

GULFPORT, Fla. - Authorities say four Tampa Bay area high school students were hospitalized after eating drug-laced gummy candies.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Gulfport Police Chief Robert Vincent said Monday presumptive tests showed that the drug was likely THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

Pinellas County Schools spokeswoman Lisa Wolf said a student brought the candies to school and passed them around to other students. She says seven students ate the candies, and four were taken to John Hopkins All Children's Hospital as a precaution.

Wolf said the parents of the students who were taken to the hospital have been notified.

Vincent said the investigation was ongoing and no charges had been filed Monday afternoon. He declined to speak in detail about the case.