The lollipops look harmless — tasty even. But the 600 pounds of brightly colored treats recently seized by Houston police are actually laced with meth.
The meth pops, which were worth an estimated $1 million, were apparently being manufactured for children, a Facebook post from the Harris County Sherriff’s Office says.
The drugs were seized on Monday, when police responded to a call that a house was being robbed. Arriving on the scene, they saw a man and woman attempting to stuff the lollipops into their trunk.
“They had so many narcotics in their vehicle they couldn’t close the back hatch of their car,” Lt. Ruben Diaz said at a press conference.
It was clear that the candies were made in the house’s kitchen, police reported. They think the woman carrying out the robbery had previously lived in the house and was apparently returning to rob the dealer.
Investigators are still unsure who was actually staying in the stash house and manufacturing the candy, which would have sold for about $20 to $40 a pop on the the street.
Diaz said the shapes — flowers, butterflies, bats, and Star Wars characters — made them think they were meant for young people. The house is also located close to a school. Neither officer had ever seen meth in this form before.
“And even if they were not sold directly to a child, what if these lollipops were dropped anywhere in the neighborhood?” he asked. “A child picking them up is going to see them and think it’s regular candy.”