Two Texans were arrested on June 12 after they were caught stuffing their car with meth-laced candy, leading to police finding nearly $1 million worth of the candy in the house the suspects allegedly robbed.
After responding to a reported robbery, authorities found 36-year-olds Evonne Christine Mick and David Salinas attempting to exit the scene with approximately 600 pounds of the candies, which would typically sell for $20 to $40, reported KTLA.
"They had put so many narcotics in the back of the vehicle, so they were trying to flee, and they couldn't even close the back hatch to their vehicle," said one official during a press conference, according to KTLA.
Mick, who investigators believe lived in the home before the burglary and knew how to get the drugs, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance.
"I don't believe these two people were the actual people making them," said an official from the sheriff's office. "The other part of our investigation is going to be trying to figure out who's actually making them."
Even more troubling than the crime is that a number of the meth-pops were shaped like characters popular with children, such as Batman, R2-D2 and Yoda.
"It appears the candy was intended to be distributed among children and/or sold to juveniles," the Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post.
The home in which authorities believe the meth was manufactured is not far from a school. Officers shared photos of the drugs in an effort to warn parents to be vigilant.
"Even if they were not sold directly to a child, what if they were dropped anywhere in a neighborhood, and a child were to pick them up is going to see them and think its regular candy," said Ruben Diaz, a sheriff's office representative, according to KHOU.
Officials are looking for more suspects.
"It hits home and affects the entire community when someone is targeting children like this," Lt. Ruben Diaz said at the press conference, according to CNN.
The bust comes amid an alarming trend officers have observed of drugs that resemble candy. Officers have seized drugs called "Sweet Tarts" for their resemblance to the sugary treat in multiple states; additionally, ecstasy is frequently made to resemble candy, notes WNYW.
"These drugs post a threat to unsuspecting children whom believe them to be candy," said the Greenfield, Indiana, police department in May after similar drugs turned up in the Greenfield area, reports Time.