BEAUFORT, N.C. (WNCT) – Carteret County deputies and Morehead City Police say they’ve put a stop to a disturbing drug trend at schools for now.
Deputies say they found nearly 200 pieces of drug-laced candy that floated around area high schools, and now they say they’ve taken into custody the two men responsible.
Law enforcement officers arrested James Morton Mills Friday afternoon and Charles Scott Webb Monday morning.
Sheriff Asa Buck says while no students were charged in the crime this is something they have to be on the lookout for.
“These are the first ones that we’ve come across, there’s all types of trends and other things when it comes to drugs that make their way across our nation and across our state and it seem like often times we’re kind of on the tail end of some of these trends, but they always get here,” said Buck.
He went on to describe just how the suspects made the drugs. Buck says they melted down store-bought candy, then used drugs and molded the candies back into a solid.
Sheriff Buck warns that the candies could be infused with anything from marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, flakka and even bath salts.
“They don’t know what type of drug is in that candy, they don’t know what quantity of that drug is in that candy and they don’t know how taking that drug will affect the person.”
Buck also says since these drugs are targeted to young people, parents can do a simple google search of drug-infused candy if they suspect their child may have them.
“If it doesn’t look like something that came right out of the bag that was bought at the store you may want to take a second look,” said Buck.
BEAUFORT, N.C. (WNCT) – Deputies in Carteret County say they’ve arrested two men in a drug-infused candy case.
25-year-old Charles Scott Webb of Morehead City faces nine charges; two counts of PWIMSD marijuana, two counts of manufacturing marijuana, two counts of Manufacture, Sell, Deliver, Possess marijuana within 1000 feet of a school, two counts of manufacture, Sell, Deliver, Possess marijuana within 1000 feet of a child care facility, and one count of maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for marijuana. Webb is in the Carteret County jail under a $50,000 bond.
James Morton Mills faces four charges; one count each of PWIMSD marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mills is also in the Carteret County jail under a $10,000 bond.
At the pair’s first appearances Monday, the District Attorney’s Office requested modifications to both bonds, to include the following: (1) neither defendant may go on any property operated as a school or other location where persons 18 years of age and under predominantly gather; (2) neither defendant may be alone with any person 18 years of age and under, except for immediate family members; (3) neither defendant may have contact with any person 18 years of age and under by telephone, text, computer, social media, or any other means; (4) if either defendant violates any condition of bond, it will result in immediate arrest and an additional bond of $ 100,000 secured; and (5) both defendants are subject to electronic monitoring while on bond and awaiting trial, to include GPS tracking. The presiding District Court Judge agreed, granting the additional conditions.
“We take these allegations very seriously and will act accordingly,” commented District Attorney Scott Thomas. “At the first appearances today, we asked that several conditions be added to the conditions of pretrial release. These conditions were requested to limit the ability of these defendants to have contact with students if they make bond. We will continue to work with the investigators as this case proceeds. I encourage students and parents with any information about this matter to contact the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.”
Mills and Webb were issued new court dates of December 11 and the November 13, respectively.
The Carteret County sheriff is issuing a warning to parents about a disturbing new trend of infusing candy with drugs.
Deputies at the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office says the drugs have found their way into the hands of some Carteret County high school students. An investigation is now underway, even though no students have been found in possession of any of the drugs at school and no charges have been filed.
Deputies say the drug-laced candies are generally produced by melting down store bought candy and infusing them with drugs and then putting them in molds to form a solid. Users are
able to introduce drugs into their systems by eating the candy. The candies can be infused with all types of drugs including marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, Flakka and bath salts.
“It is very scary because users have no idea what substances are actually in these candies, how much, or how it will affect them” said Sheriff Asa Buck. “This is just another thing that we all have to be on the lookout for. Parents need to know what to look for as well as law enforcement. These drug-laced candies can come in many different forms. Parents can perform a simple internet search to see what is out there and to have knowledge of what these substances may look like. As a parent if you find something in your child’s possession that doesn’t look right you should ask questions. If something doesn’t look right and doesn’t sound right often times it’s not. If you have doubts or concerns please contact law enforcement.”