A South Dakota sheriff is worried about drug cartels using popular candy to smuggle drugs into the U.S. from Mexico.
Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead told Fox News Digital that cartel-backed drug smugglers don’t plan to pass out fentanyl at Halloween. The fentanyl “creates this huge danger” to children once it is inside the country, Milstead said, by the way it is packaged because, if it is opened up, “it would look like something attractive that you may want to eat.”
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“It is close to Halloween time,” he said. “And I’m more worried that for some reason a child could get a hold of one of these packages [because] if they saw them in the house or maybe a family member or somebody who’s struggling with addiction had purchased some that was in a package like this … I’d be concerned about the fact that it’s in a box, it appears to be a candy, and that when you open it, there’s brightly colored pills in there.”
Milstead pointed to a recent drug bust in Los Angeles where law enforcement seized more than 12,000 fentanyl pills that were in SweeTarts, Skittles and Whoppers boxes, “all popular Halloween candies,” he said.
“And again, so not knowing what their intent was other than to smuggle illegal deadly drugs into the U.S., the chance that even inadvertently that a child could get a hold of one of these packages is dangerous,” Milstead continued.
Milstead noted that he and his fellow law enforcement officers have been in the drug-bust business for a while now and that cartels continuously work to be one step ahead in terms of creatively packaging drugs to avoid detection. He said the candy boxes are just their latest ploy.
“That’s just kind of the business we’ve always been in. And … it’s heightened now because of the packaging that some of these drug organizations, these transnational drug cartels, are using to get fentanyl into the U.S.,” he said.
As for what parents should be on the lookout for on Halloween next week, Milstead said the rainbow-colored fentanyl pills are still being printed by cartels with the M30 stamp on them, which makes them easily identifiable as drugs.
“We haven’t heard of these pills being actually pressed into, at least I have not heard of the fentanyl being pressed into actual candy,” Milstead said.
However, he still urges parents to exercise caution when out trick-or-treating with their families.
“When you send your kids out, or if you go with them, make sure you know where [the candy] is coming from,” he said. “Bring your children to neighborhoods that you know people that you’re familiar with and check the candy to make sure that it’s properly wrapped. And if you see anything unusual, notify local law enforcement right away.”
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