(AP) New forms of synthetically sweetened cocaine has been discovered in California by federal drug agents who hope to stop its development before it becomes available to other parts of the nation.
Drug agents said the new product was more sophisticated than previous forms that attempted to mix cocaine with powdered candy.
The previous form was cut with extra flavoring, thus making it less potent, but the amount seized last week was full-strength, investigators say. Flavors included strawberry, coconut, lemon and cinnamon.
Drug Enforcement Agents discovered the 1.5 pounds of synthetically sweetened cocaine in two homes in Modesto, Calif. The drugs would earn $1,100 to $1,400 an ounce on the street, compared to regular cocaine, which sells for $600 to $700 an ounce, they said.
Gordon Taylor, the DEA’s assistant special agent in charge of the investigation, said the possibility of a candy-flavored cocaine epidemic would be extremely dangerous to children and teenagers. He said that law enforcement agencies must work with each other to end any attempt to expand the drug in other markets.
“Attempting to lure new, younger customers to a dangerous drug by adding candy flavors is an unconscionable marketing technique,” Taylor said.
Dealers of powder and rock cocaine have used other methods such as dying the drug in order to conceal it for transport. In February, Police in Virginia arrested a New Jersey man who possessed 4.5 pounds of cocaine concealed in lollipop, chocolate and toffee wrappers.
However, last month’s discovery of a new strain of flavored cocaine is reportedly the first in the nation.
Last year, strawberry-flavored methamphetamines were discovered reaching from California to as far as Virginia.
“Meth has sort of a bitter, nasty taste, so it’s kind of easy for the young kids to get into this,” said Henry Spiller, director of the Kentucky Regional Poison Center in Louisville. “It’s an effort to make meth more appealing.”
An undercover narcotics officer in Benton County, Ark. Said that flavored meth seemed to move quickly across the US.
“It seems like everyone we run into knows someone that has at least been affected by it,” he said.
“Unfortunately, I’ve seen a lot of young people, from teenagers to 20-somethings, doing the drug. It's definitely something that’s real dangerous.”
Psychologist Sean O’Hara is an addictive-diseases specialist in San Diego. He said that not only do the drugs attract children, they also tend to make them believe they are less dangerous.
“They think if they’re getting something that has color in it or is sweet to the taste because it’s been cut with sugar or Jell-O and had other chemicals added to it ... it seems like it’s a less-threatening drug,” O’Hara said.
Authorities are urging parents to watch closely for any sign of the new drugs.
“If parents see a colored powder or sweet-smelling powder not in a factory package, I would pay real close attention to it,” said Hatfield of the Cathedral City police.
*** this *** aint never gone be off the streets now
IS THIS FIEND TESTED/FIEND APPROVED?!? I'll need to research this further. Let me hit the block and find out. Stay tuned people.
THIS IS OLD NEWS....MTO!!!!! THIS *** HAS BEEN OUT FOR A MIN NOW!!! I HATE IT FOR OUR GENERATION!!!!! THIS IS JUS AN EASIER WAY FOR OUR KIDS TO GET HOOKED!!!!! ***!!!!!!! SUMTIMES I HATE BEING A 80'S BABY!!!!
You don't eat cocaine so why would the flavor make a difference?
If you sniffing it why does it need to be flavored? Oh i guess for those who use a crack pipe?
"Just like Candy, I can feel it when I walk, even when I talk, It takes over me." Problems, Problem, Problems. Counseling is needed......but first seek Jesus.
P.S. Great advertising MTO to the community that may frequently read your articles.
***. That's crazy.
kids please don't accept and form of cany from stangers .
That is tragic.
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Me too...This ahs to stop....
You people that are laughing at this and saying that this is funny are stupid as hell.
this aint funny. this is sick, this candy flavored cocaine is aimed at our children!
STOP THINKING THAT THIS IS A JOKE!
THIS MUST BE WHAT LIL WAYNE IS TALKIN BOUT IN THE SONG "LOLLIE POP"!! FIRST "WHITE GIRL" NOW THIS.......GOOD LAAWD.....
yall are LAAAAAAATTTTTEEEEEEE!!!! i heard about this months ago
This is crazy and serious. Someone is coming after our children people We need to watch this closely. Ray Ray and them hopefully wouldn't give it to a child.
Who concocted this?
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They'll be PopRocks, don't let your kids eat PopRocks...
Just say no to it all.
LOL thats some expensive cotton candy
if this is true, then all i can say is WOW.
That is a shame, but if the people who come up with this stuff and run these sophisticated drug operations ( or any illegal op for that matter ) would take the brains and talent ( because lets face it- it does take brains and talent for organized crime) that they are using for these senseless organizations and apply it to more constructive things, like getting an education, opening up your business legally, and being productive- the world would be better off.
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I dont get it....
now nuccas are eating coke???
are is it when its smoked it taste good???
yep this is apart of the recession mark my words there will be alot of new drugs targeted to the next generartion...
i don't want that *** in my nose
good lord they are soo slow...you betta watch out for those LOLLIPOPS!!!!
See this sh*t right here...smh
@louisianaboi...r u serious? Sweetie...u need Jesus!! And that goes for anyone else who thinks this is funny. Yeah...laugh when your sitting in the hospital with ya kid cause you let him/her eat some powdered candy you brought from the store...and come to find out they done *** near overdosed...AIDS isn't he only EPIDEMIC...ruining this country or its young folk...get it together!!!
I KNEW SOMEONE ELSE KNEW ABOUT THIS ***!!!LOL
This is ridiculous... if it ain't trying to get rich quick its the drugs. I'm young but the generation beneath me is in serious trouble... I think this whole war on drugs needs to take a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT APPROACH!!!
IT AIN'T GONE EVER BE OFF THE STREETS AS LONG AS THEY KEEP LETTING ALL THESE FOREIGNERS IN AND PLUS ITS BIG BUSINESS FOR ALOT OF THESE CROOKED PEOPLE AT THE TOP....PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR GANGSTER MOVIES(READ BETWEEN THE LINES)
Even Though MTO Is Late On Reporting This-
I will Inform Everyone That Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston And Flavor Flav Has Already Made Their Down Payments And Has Reserved About 10 Kilos A Peice For This Exclusive Candy Cane.
its never going to be on the streets because with out it... who's going to benefits once blacks and latino's actually go to achool and be productive citizens...
our communities would be safe but they give a *** about that...
what they care about is these big corporation investing in these prisons and paying former drug dealers/addicts 7 cents a day (less than 3rd world countries) to do *** that the average person that make at least 40 *** a year to do...
and this candy *** is definetly aimed at the Poor youth...
this is for the new generation of crack heads...
I dont know if it is targetted at POOR youths.
reason why: cocaine is not the drug of choice for poor people, second this "candy" cost more double that of normal Coke.
This was only a matter of time.
Where there's a will, there's a way
Why would I want to listen to that ***!! Dayumm!!
YOU GUYS ARE F U C *** I *** LATE THIS BEEN OUT FOR OVER THREE MONTHS.... AHA HA AND YOU GUYS ARE POSED TA BE THE FIRST TA HAVE THE GOSSIP... MA ***
CraCKHEADS DON'T GIVE A *** IF IT TASTE LIKE CANDY ALL THEY WANT IS A HIGH.
how much for an 8ball of coconut? -- LMBAO
LMAO....don't lie, I done know some of ya'll wanna try it.
i want to try it before they crack down on it too hard! sounds tasty! hell yeah! rock and roll!
all u ppl talking, where can i get some?
yall let ous pray
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its a hell of a drug.. yeah its the ***..
candy-coated coke.. *** pixie sticks!
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I agree @MultipleOrgazm, just another way to wipe our babies and people out, just like they have been, and are doing now. SMH
hmm thought i heard of this b4 but i'll google it anyway cant trust MTO
Omg! Please be joking! They already have candy flavored Meth that they're peddling to kids, but not this. Man!
It takes Chemist to make these drugs, where are these drugs being processed and created? And how does it get to our communities? And why do we get the mandatory minimums? Why's 1 out of 100 people in prison in this country? Let's ask the CIA and United Snakes government.