It is being widely reported that candied methamphetamines are being sold to children across the United States. The article below contains the information about this danger. (See also prior posts here, here, and here).
May 10, 2007 5:34 a.m. EST
Dallas, TX (AHN) - Drug dealers are using catchy names as Pop Tarts, Strawberry Quick and Cheese to get young children hooked on illegal drugs.
Police in Lake Worth this week found candy-flavored methamphetamine, known as Strawberry Quick, the Dallas Morning News reported in its Thursday editions.
Cheese, which is crushed nighttime cold tablets laced with heroin, has infiltrated Dallas schools, the newspaper reported, noting that at least 21 youths have died by overdosing on the drug.
"These are evil drug dealers who are marketing to kids," Special Agent Terri Wyatt told The Morning News.
Strawberry-flavored meth gained national attention after the Nevada Department of Public Safety issued a police bulletin alerting law enforcement of the substance in late January.
According to the bulletin, the drug first surfaced in Sacramento, CA, where dealers were cooking methamphetamine with strawberry-flavored drink mix to diminish the drug's naturally bitter taste when snorted.
"If meth is cut with something after it is cooked, it loses its potency," said Special Agent Wyatt. "With this, it's cooked into it. It's not diluted. It retains its potency."
Arkansas police also have reported finding strawberry meth, and federal authorities report that a similar pinkish crystalline drug has turned up in Washington, Idaho, New Mexico, Missouri and Minnesota, according to the newspaper.
In March 2006, federal agents raided several warehouses near Oakland, CA belonging to Beyond Bomb, a company that manufactured an entire line of marijuana-laced snacks and soft drinks.
DEA agents uncovered thousands of marijuana plants, as well as an array of products, among them "Pot Tarts," candy called "Stoney Ranchers," drinks named "Toka Cola" and chocolate named "Rasta Reece's" and "Buddafingers."