Texas Police Seize 600 Pounds of Meth Lollipops

By Victoria Kim 06/16/17

Authorities believe the candy-making drug dealers were targeting children but drug experts think otherwise.

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via Harris County Sheriff’s Office

Police in Harris County, Texas were responding to a burglary call when they hit the mother of all candy-flavored meth busts. All together, police rounded up 600 pounds of colorful meth lollipops molded into kid-friendly shapes like flowers, butterflies, Batman, and Star Wars characters R2-D2 and Yoda.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office posted photos of the lollipops and molds found inside the candy maker’s home on Facebook on June 13. So far two arrests have been made, The Washington Post reports—Evonne C. Mick, whose bail was set at $1 million, and David Salinas.

Police first came across the candy meth during a burglary call at the drug dealer’s home on Monday. A concerned neighbor had made the call, and when officers got to the house, they found Mick and Salinas taking loads of meth candy from the house and stashing it inside the car. 

“They had so many narcotics in their vehicle they couldn’t close the back hatch of the car they were trying to flee in,” said Lt. Ruben Diaz.

Police believe Mick and Salinas were the ones robbing the drug dealer who lived there, after Mick had once stayed there. 

Inside the home sweets factory, police found “bags and bags and bags” of the meth lollipops, according to Lt. Diaz, as well as the molds, funnels, pots, measuring devices, and chemicals used to make them.

The authorities, predictably, believe the candy-maker was targeting children, but drug policy expert Bill Piper of the Drug Policy Alliance says otherwise. 

“It’s easy for people to fall for this marketing to children because there’s this misconception that drug dealers are standing on the street corner handing out free drugs,” Piper told The Washington Post. “Adults don’t want nasty-tasting stuff either. We especially find in the flavored meth, a lot of that turned out to be flavoring for adults.”

Also—meth in candy form is easier to smuggle on the road than in its raw form. 

It’s certainly not the first time meth candy has been in the news. In April 2016, CBS News reported that a middle schooler in Ione, California was caught snorting meth made to look like candy during lunch time. 

And police have been trying to get just as creative to nab suspects. On more than one occasion now, local police departments around the country have posted tongue-in-cheek announcements on Facebook, offering to test people’s illicit drugs for Zika and even gluten

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