Police in British Columbia are warning the public about LSD-laced gummy bears after a mother and her teenaged son were found in possession of the potent drug candies in their Cranbrook home.
"We were doing a search warrant for marijuana March 15," said Corporal Chris Faulkner of the Cranbrook RCMP. "We came across a package of gummy bears and sent it to the lab," he said.
When policed searched the home, they said they discovered 400 grams of marijuana, 180 grams of hashish and 40 gummy bears. The lab results confirmed in July that the candies were laced with LSD.
Cpl. Faulkner explained why the police only released the warning this weekend: "There is an inherent delay at the drug lab," he said. "We were informed by head office that we need to get this message out and so we did."
The police acknowledge this is a one-off case, but they said they felt compelled to issue the warning because of what they called an "alarming" find. "We have never come across this before," Cpl. Faulkner said. "We have no other reports that someone is overdosing on them at all but we wanted to inform parents to be aware. Because they only look like a candy, a child can eat a couple of them up and the consequences can be deadly."
LSD is a psychedelic drug known for its mood-changing chemical attributes. It is known to cause irrational and bizarre behaviour.
There have been no other reports in B.C. about LSD packaged or sold this particular way, but police are not sure if the duo sold or distributed the gummy bears before being arrested.
Christinanne Bateman, 50, and her son Benjamin Bateman, 18, were charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking. They pleaded not guilty in May and will appear in court again on Sept. 29 to set a trial date.