GREENFIELD, IN - Inside this apartment building, Greenfield Police found buckets of a popular candy laced with illegal drugs.
“It’s kinda scary, actually, to think about,” Steve Couch said.
Coach lives with three young kids in the same complex where investigators say nearly 1,000 Sweet Tarts were recovered, coated with heroin, meth and Xanax.
“Those candies look just like something my child could pick up,” Couch said.
This picture shows the syringe police say the suspect, Jeramie Smith, used to put drops of drugs on top of the candy – something that easily could have led to an accidental overdose.
“A small child gets a hold of one with heroin or methamphetamine in it – at the very best result would be a trip to the hospital, if not something a lot more serious.”
A woman living in Smith’s apartment didn’t have much to say.
“I have no comment for you.”
Still, court records show Smith is now facing more than a dozen criminal charges.
“We haven’t seen anything similar to this recently here.”
While the bust is the first of its kind in Greenfield, three weeks ago, investigators in Bartholomew County saw Sweet Tarts laced with Xanax were found on a high school student. And last year, police in Bloomington busted an IU student for selling gummy candy coated with Xanax out of his apartment —illustrating how the drug fight changes by the day.
“It constantly evolves. Narcotics manufacturers and dealers come up with different things all the time.”
Detective Ratliff showed us evidence bags and pointed out how the candy laced with drugs appeared slightly darker and shinier than normal.
Police are now warning parents to keep an eye on what candy their kids are eating.
“You don’t want your children accidentally ingesting something that’s been treated with, for instance, a liquid form of heroin.”
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