Police officers in Texas seized 600 pounds of lollipops laced with methamphetamine after discovering the candies while investigating a reported burglary. A neighbor contacted the authorities on Monday after noticing some suspicious activity on the property and believed it was being burglarized. When officers arrived on scene, they found a man and woman bringing the lollipops out of the home.
The police were responding to a call of an expected break in. A neighbor contacted the authorities after seeing activity taking place that led them to believe a burglary was in progress.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Lt. Ruben Diaz described the scene, saying, “[The man and woman] had so many narcotics in their vehicle, they couldn’t close the back hatch of their car.”
As reported by CNN, the homemade candies discovered in the Houston home are thought to have a street value of nearly $1 million. The lollipops featured a range of designs, including some modeled after Batman and popular “Star Wars” characters.
Along with the meth-laced candies themselves, police officers also found a range of materials, including candy molds.
Investigators believe the female suspect, at one time, had stayed in the home where the discovery was made. Sgt. Cedrick Collier, a spokesman for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, said, “The house was the place they manufactured the drug.”
He went on to say, “It was evident they were making these in the kitchen.”
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook, saying it appeared “the candy was intended to be distributed among children and/or sold to juveniles.”
Speaking about the concern that the drug was being marketed to kids, Diaz said, “It hits home and affects the entire community when someone is targeting children like this.”