Candy was laced with drugs, police say

Posted at 10:32 PM, May 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-16 22:32:52-04

GREENFIELD, IN (CNN/WRTV) -  Greenfield Police say a 30-year-old man laced sweet tart candy with drugs.To the untrained eye, it looks like a normal piece of candy. "Who's gonna look at that baggie and think that's anything but sweet tarts,” said Lt. Randy Ratliff of the Greenfield Police. 

But Greenfield Police say anyone satisfying a sweet tooth will find much more than a sugar high. Police arrested 30-year-old Jeramie Smith on a long list of felony drug charges and say he was tainting the candy from his Greenfield apartment.

"We don't know exactly what we've got at this point in time from the search warrant, but we've heard rumors of heroin, ecstasy, methamphetamine, liquid THC,” Ratliff said.

Greenfield Police believe the tainted candy is making its way through Shelbyville and Columbus, and is possibly connected to drug-laced candy found in Bartholomew County last month.

"The biggest concern is a kid could accidentally pick one up if they find it laying somewhere and pop it in their mouth and have a very bad reaction to it," Ratliff said. 

Police say they recovered roughly a thousand pieces of candy. While sweet tarts often retail for less than a dollar for a pack, authorities say the drug laced candy on the street costs up to 10 bucks per piece. 

The suspect is being held on a $20,000 cash bond.


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