'The gummy bears look like gummy bears,' Deputies find marijuana disguised as candy
(KFOR) Oklahoma County officials made a drug bust involving popular candy items.
Gummy bears and chocolate bars laced with marijuana were found in the suspect's vehicle.
It's a problem officials said parents need to be aware of.
Deputies said the candies were packaged similar to items you may expect to find at any gas station or grocery store.
In this case, those candies were full of THC.
"It's getting a little tougher to tell what's what," said Mark Opgrande with the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office.
The bust was made earlier this month along I-40.
The suspect, Nathaniel Rock, was pulled over for not having a license plate.
"He didn't have a story on where he was going, where he was coming from," Opgrande said. "The deputy got suspicious and called a K9 out there."
Inside the car, there were baggies full of marijuana, candies infused with THC and even a THC-infused vaping liquid.
"The gummy bears look like gummy bears," Opgrande said. "You put them in a bag, and no one would be the wiser."
"Teenagers have openly bragged that they're sitting in math class or on the bus eating these candies," said Mark Woodward with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.
OBN officials said infusing products with THC is a growing business.
"There's really nothing you couldn't infuse with the THC oil," Woodward said.
OBN officials don't see a lot of these products passing through the state, but Oklahoma County officials said it's becoming more and more common in their stops.
OBN officials said it's risky because these products have such high levels of THC.
"As many as one or two gummy bears could be enough to send a small child to the hospital," Woodward said.
Woodward said there have been numerous reports in Colorado of young children and even animals eating the candies and becoming very sick.
Oklahoma County officials said this type of bust shows the fight on drugs is ever changing.
"A lot of it is to make parents aware you can see it coming in different forms," Opgrande said.
Oklahoma County officials said, in this case, the suspect brought the candies here from Colorado.