Children are taught at an early age to make sure their parents check their Halloween candy before they eat it. A recent shocking discovery in a quiet San Francisco just proved why.
An unnamed father found a small pink baggie containing a powdery substance that could have passed as crystal meth Halloween candy, only it wasn’t candy. It was the real deal, in a felony-sized amount.
The father told police the bag apparently ended up in the child’s Halloween candy while they were out trick-or-treating on Friday night near their home in the East Bay town of Hercules, California, about 25 miles northeast of San Francisco.
Testing of the substance, measuring one-tenth of a gram, revealed it to be crystal methamphetamine, “a small amount but enough to do damage to an 8-year-old girl had she gotten into it on her own,” said detective Connie Van Putten, a spokeswoman for the Hercules Police Department.
She said detectives were re-interviewing the father and daughter on Tuesday to determine precisely which homes they visited on Halloween and were trying to see if fingerprints could be lifted from the plastic bag that carried the meth.
The father told police he and his daughter were trick-or-treating in a well-lit, 10-block area of town called the Promenade, consisting of quaint Victorian homes with picket fences, which is a popular gathering spot on Halloween.
“We are leaning toward it being an accident, but we are not ruling out an intentional act,” she said. “Whoever it was may have intended to put it in somebody’s candy but not hers.”
A tenth of a gram of meth, while a relative small amount, is enough to bring felony charges for possession of a controlled substance, she said.
To reiterate what a concerned neighbor stated, if it can happen in suburbia, it can happen anywhere.
Flip through the gallery below to see the crystal meth Halloween candy surprise and the neighborhood it happened in.
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