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Authorities Concerned About Halloween After Marijuana-Laced Candy Bust

| by Jonathan Constante
Marijuana edibles, Top left corner: Terry Keith WendtMarijuana edibles, Top left corner: Terry Keith Wendt

Authorities in Texas are concerned with children’s safety this Halloween after agents found marijuana-laced candy in a Conroe, Texas, residence.

Members of the Montgomery and Waller county High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area initiative executed a search warrant on Sept. 14 and found large quantities of hydroponic marijuana and pot-laced candy, Click 2 Houston reported.

The search warrant came after authorities learned that marijuana edibles were being shipped across state lines into Montgomery County.

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Lt. Brady Fitzgerald told Fox 26 that there are two concerns about the bust.

“If a child sees what appears to be candy, they can eat it not knowing that there are narcotics inside the candy,” Fitzgerald told the news station. “The second thing is the way it's packaged and promoted, obviously it's being promoted as candy, so what target audience are they looking at?”

Fitzgerald said there was enough hydroponic marijuana in the residence for the crime to be considered a felony. The home owner, Terry Keith Wendt, 55, has been arrested and is facing charges of manufacturing delivery of a controlled substance, being a felon in possession of marijuana, and an unlawful possession of a firearm, authorities said.

According to investigators, hydroponic marijuana is highly-concentrated.

“We have had several deaths as a result of young people either ingesting, or taking narcotics,” Fitzgerald said.

Wendt is currently in Montgomery County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Sources: Fox 26, Click 2 Houston / Photo Credit: Click 2 Houston