Finding out there is an extra large stash of candy near school would be a kid’s dream come true, but this deadly candy could have become Houston parents’ worst nightmare.
The candy looked innocent enough — lollipops shaped like Yoda, R2-D2, Batman, butterflies, and flowers — but they were laced with a deadly ingredient, Click2Houston reports.Screenshot/Click2Houston
Police were responding to a burglary call at a home near an elementary school when they came across suspects Evonne Mick and David Salinas, pictured below, and their “candy.”
Come to find out, the pair was loading 600 pounds of the meth-laced candy into their car.Screenshot/Click2Houston
According to CNN, Lt. Ruben Diaz said during a press conference:
“They had so many narcotics in their vehicle they couldn’t close the back hatch of their car.”
Nearly $1 million worth of lollipops was seized.
Police believe children were their targets.
As pointed out in the press conference, the shapes of the lollipops and the location of the house from where the massive amount of meth pops came were both alarming:
“It hits home and affects the entire community when someone is targeting children like this.”
Police also discovered where the drug-laced candy — which is sold for $20 to $40, depending on size — was being made: right inside the house the suspects were leaving. Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Cedrick Collier said:
“The house was the place they manufactured the drug. It was evident they were making these in the kitchen.”
The investigation continues as police search for more suspects.
Police are asking residents to be on alert, urging community members to say something if you see something by calling the Harris County Sheriff’s Office’s non-emergency line at 713-221-6000 to report any suspicious activity.