HENDERSON, Texas (KETK)- 2 women were arrested in Rusk County on March 11 for having more than 1,000 grams of THC edible candies that resemble Sour Patch Kids.
According to the Rusk County Sherriff’s Office, they had a narcotics search warrant at 210 College St. They found methamphetamine, marijuana and firearms at the location and it was confiscated, along with 1,190 grams of the THC candies.
Angelique Propes, 21, and Alisabeth Currey, 22, were arrested.
Officials believe the two were targeting children who are out of school because of spring break
“There’s no purpose for this to be packaged this way other than they are targeting children because this is what they regularly recognize as candy,” said Johnwayne Valdez, the Rusk County Sheriff.
The sheriff’s office is investigating this incident, and they expect to identify and charge additional people.
They also wanted to warn parents about these products that contain THC.
“With spring break starting for school kids, we believe parents need to see how these edibles are packaged. The safety of our children is at risk,” said the sheriff’s office.
Sheriff Valdez said it can be hard to spot the difference, and it’s important parents pay attention to what their children are buying.
“There are people out there that their sole-purpose in life is to sell stuff like this to your children, otherwise it wouldn’t be packaged the way it is. If they do that and your child has an adverse reaction you may not even know why,” added Valdez.
One East Texas doctor said marijuana can leave a lasting impact on a developing brain.
“With a limited amount of studies, they’ve seen a fall in IQ and so your overall intelligence, your ability to process information, retain memories, said Benjamin Constante, with Hospitality Health ER in Tyler.
And, since children have smaller bodies than adults, he said these THC gummies can cause even more damage. Some children have gone into comas and in rare occasions they had to be intubated.
Doctors said the feeling of being high after eating an edible can also last many hours or even days.
The Stoney Patch gummies found in Rusk County are from California and have a lawsuit against them because they are not a licensed business.
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