Friday, July 25th 2014, 5:39 pm
The Tulsa County Sheriff's Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force discovered all kinds of flavored marijuana in a recent bust, and much of it was in the form of gummy bears and sugar cubes.
They say this is a wake-up call for parents that pot now comes in all shapes and sizes.
The average person would be surprised that watermelon candy and gummy bears contain marijuana. Authorities say they even found patches that put THC directly into your system, during a recent bust in Tulsa County.
All the confiscated items are flavored, from the lemon and grape gummies to the watermelon-flavored slices, and many brightly colored sugar cubes. They also all contain potent levels of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
The investigator who worked the bust is undercover so we can't show his face.
"Look at these. You open it up and it looks identical to gummy vitamins. If I were a kid, I'd eat them. The different flavors, that's tempting. They even smell good," said Investigator Leighton Boyd, Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators say if a child ate a handful of these or more, they could get sick, even die. They say parents may not realize kids are doing drugs right in front of them.
As a field test shows, the green gummy quickly turns purple, which means positive for drugs.
"If you don't keep up with it, it's gonna run you over," Boyd said. "It's an ever-evolving trend: new ways, shapes and forms of ingestion for it. It's not just smoking anymore."
The transdermal patches were new even for the drug officers. The instructions even say where to place them for the best absorption into the skin.
"This one says, 'shown to provide relief from pain and anxiety, reduce muscle spasms and nausea and improve energy level and increase appetite,'" said TCSO Investigator Leighton Boyd.
The weed is also flavored, with names like "lamb's breath" and "lemon skunk." The round plastic containers are filled with hash oil and THC-laced wax that can be heated and smoked.
Investigators say this all comes from Colorado and they're seeing a huge increase of it here.
One of the reasons it's going to continue to be a big problem is because of the potency of marijuana being sold in Colorado. If you went to Colorado and bought a pound of marijuana and paid $1,000 for it and brought it back to Oklahoma and sold it by the gram, your profit margin would be $8,000 - and that's why people will keep risking bringing it across the state line.
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