Kennewick police found a tainted candy store during a recent search of a suspect’s car.
They found packages of what appeared to by gummy worms and other candy infused with marijuana, according to labeling on the packaging.
Police said it looked like store-bought candy but, “(it) was not packaged in a traditional manner.” The sweets were in small baggies.
On Friday, officers searched a seized SUV as part of a drug investigation and found the candy and more marijuana than is allowed for recreational use by one person.
“The big thing here is … Just like tobacco products and alcohol products, they are taxed and controlled by the state. People cannot just make this stuff and sell it on their own. That is a crime,” said Sgt. Ken Lattin.
Lattin said an offider stopped the driver after he allegedly backed into a power box and left the scene. “They pulled him over and there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the window,” he said.
Police are asking prosecutors to file charges against the driver, who was not named.
And they warned the public to be careful to know the source of items that they eat.