When police kicked in the door of a Houston home early yesterday morning, they stood in absolute awe of what lie behind it: a spectacular Willy Wonka factory of colorful meth-laced candies.
Officers were called to investigate a burglary, but instead discovered over 600 pounds of homemade candy-drug confections valued at nearly $1 million. The sweet treats were mainly lollipops melted into assorted shapes, such as hearts, bats, butterflies, flowers, and beloved Star Wars characters like Yoda and R2D2.
As police arrived, the man and woman responsible for cooking up the candy crank were trying (and failing) to remove the lollipops from their home. As Lt. Ruben Diaz described in a subsequent press conference, "They had so many narcotics in their vehicle they couldn't close the back hatch of their car.”
It also quickly became clear to officers that the home they’d raided was the manufacturing site of the speed sweeties. "It was evident they were making these in the kitchen,” reported Sgt. Cedrick Collier, spokesman for the Harris County Sheriff's Office. It seems the couple hoped to cash in on market demand for handmade, artisanal narcotics.
Law enforcement fear that the fun, childlike shapes of the stimulant suckers indicate intention to distribute among children. However, this strikes us as a nonviable marketing strategy given that candy Adderall has already dominated the children’s meth market.
Photos courtesy of Harris County Sheriff's Office Facebook page