Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have issued a warning over new drugs that look a lot like candy being sold in the area .
The colorful pills contain a mixture methamphetamine and ketamine, but could easily be confused by small children and even adults, according to KOAT.
“It’s very scary,” deputy Felicia Romero with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office told KOAT. “They’re not regulated substances so you never know what you’re going to get and you never know what [a] lethal dose will be for each individual person.”
Romero and her colleagues are not very familiar with the new drug.
“The drugs look like rock candy or sheets of candy in various colors. It could be ingested by mistake,” she added.
The use of candy to conceal narcotics appears to be part of a growing problem. In Oklahoma earlier this month, deputies stopped a male driver carrying large supplies of gummy bears and chocolate bars containing the drug THC.
Officers became suspicious when the man could not explain where he was headed or where he had come from. They called in a sniffer dog who found the drugs.
“The gummy bears look like gummy bears,” Mark Opgrande of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office told KFOR. “You put them in a bag, and no one would be the wiser.”
Law enforcement officials said they are finding an increasing number of such products during their stops. Officials with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics agree that concealing THC in everyday products is an expanding business.
“Teenagers have openly bragged that they're sitting in math class or on the bus eating these candies,” added Mark Woodward from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.
“As many as one or two gummy bears could be enough to send a small child to the hospital,” he added.
The suspect reportedly brought the drugs from Colorado, where there have been reports of children and animals eating the candy and turning sick.
“A lot of it is to make parents aware you can see it coming in different forms,” Opgrande added.