Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott would like to warn parents about the possibility of drugs mixed in with candy this Halloween after a big fentanyl bust at LAX in California. It was reported that a suspect tried to get through security at the Los Angeles International Airport with bags of candy that contained some 12,000 pills of fentanyl on 10-19-2022. The opioid/fentanyl pills were contained inside packages of Skittles, Whoppers, and Sweet Tarts candy.
The drugs were seized by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and federal Drug Enforcement Agency agents assigned to a task force at the airport. The apprehension of narcotic sparked new calls for parents to be cautious this Halloween about the candy their children bring home. This year, there have been multiple reports of fentanyl manufactured in rainbow colors or disguised in candy wrappers. Below is an example, but law enforcement has found that it is manufactured in many different shapes and forms.
Fentanyl is now being produced to mimic candy. Only one of the fentanyl tablets can be fatal! If you suspect your child has ingested an illegal drug call 911 immediately. If you have NARCAN in your household, administer NARCAN to the suspected overdose victim.
Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott stated, "We want all of the Wagoner County Youth to enjoy Halloween this year, but we take a firm stance that the most important thing on Halloween is our children's safety. With Halloween approaching, parents need to ensure they are checking their kid's candy and not allowing them to eat anything until parents have inspected it. The W.C.S.O. recommends that parents inspect EACH bag of candy. Check for signs that the factory bags of candy for compromised packaging. Empty all candy into a Ziplock baggie so that each piece can be inspected before consumption.
If you or your children encounter anything that you suspect may be narcotics in candy boxes, do not touch it. We encourage you to notify your local law enforcement agency immediately. You can contact the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office at 918-485-3124 to report any suspicious items.