HENDERSON, Texas (KETK) – With THC-infused edibles seemingly on the rise in East Texas, some law enforcement officials are worried that these snacks are made to target children.
An April 4 traffic stop on Highway 79 led to the discovery of vapes, marijuana, promethazine and pot-infused chips. Now, the Henderson Police Department is warning parents to be on the look out.
These snacks look so much like the real thing that investigators are worried it will be hard to distinguish the edibles from the real foods.
“If you and I were to walk into a room and see bags of Cheetos on the table, we could easily pick those up thinking that that’s what they were,” narcotics detective Kris Williamson said. “Because they had Chester the cheetah on them, identical to any bag of Cheetos or Doritos you’d pick up.”
The chips are actually infused with THC, which can be dangerous to children and is illegal in Texas.
“With the edibles, they could eat that whole bag before they actually felt the effects of it, and that’s going to hit a child hard,” Henderson Police Chief Chad Taylor said.
This is not the first discovery of realistic-looking edibles in East Texas.
In March, two women were arrested in Henderson for for having more than 1,000 grams of THC edible candies that resemble Sour Patch Kids.
Williamson said that if your child is getting these products, they could be communicating with a dealer. He said the Snapchat app is a common way for dealers to communicate.
Snapchat conversations can be discreet, because the messages disappear shortly after opening.
“Law enforcement like us, the DEA, we’re trying to stay on top of this because it is a true danger to the public,” Tyler Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Jeff Kennemer said.
A lot of the items are coming out of California or Colorado, and many of them are being shipped like regular packages. Though marijuana was legalized there, it remains a crime to possess it in Texas. The crime is considered more severe if the THC is extracted, like in the edibles.
“We’re starting to find this stuff, and have been finding this stuff for the last couple of years in our area,” Taylor said. “We want parents to be aware of these types of things. We want them to be on the look out for them so they understand what it is and make sure it’s not accessible to children.”
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