Drug-Laced Candy Seized at Police Checkpoint

Three men were arrested on suspicion of smuggling 23 pounds of drugs worth $160,000 in San Clemente.

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    U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    Agents located lollipops, hard candy and cookies laced with tetrahydrocannabinol in a Southern California bust on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

    Three men were arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling after U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted two vehicles at the I-5 checkpoint in San Clemente, according to a CBP news release.

    Twenty-three pounds of drugs, valued at about $160,000, along with various drug products geared toward children were uncovered in the bust on Wednesday.

    In the first incident, two men arrived at the checkpoint at 1 a.m.

    Agents received permission to search the vehicle after the passenger admitted he had medical marijuana inside a prescription bottle.

    Agents uncovered three sealed boxes in the truck containing lollipops, hard candy and cookies laced with THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana.

    In addition to the drug-laced candy, 15 marijuana e-cigarette cartridges, three marijuana cigars and 12.68 pounds of bulk marijuana were inside the vehicle.

    In a separate incident around 4 p.m. the same day, agents uncovered six bundles of methamphetamine and two bundles of cocaine hidden within the rear seats of the vehicle.

    Border Patrol agents arrested the three U.S. citizens and turned over the suspects and narcotics to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

    Although Border Patrol does not consider this a "large seizure," they do believe it is "undoubtedly dangerous," said spokesperson Gerardo Gutierrez.

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