Fair Drug tent eviction

A worker loads on a truck the contents of a vendor’s tent Wednesday morning on the midway at The Great Frederick Fair after fair organizers and Reithoffer Shows decided to evict the vendor after police raided the tent Tuesday. Candy and other seized items were suspected of containing illegal drugs.

Police are pursuing felony charges against two men accused of selling THC-laced gummy treats and other doped candy at The Great Frederick Fair, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Sheriff’s Office on Friday filed paperwork to arrest the vendor — Robert Andrew Cody McGee of Virginia Beach, Virginia — and the owner of the booth — Robert Brandon Spiva of Blairsville, Georgia — on several charges related to possession and distribution of schedule 1 drugs, a press release stated.

Possession with intent to distribute and distribution of schedule 1 drugs are considered felony offenses in Maryland.

Sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday raided and seized 50 to 70 bags of edibles from the vendor’s tent, several of which tested positive for THC, the primary psychoactive component in marijuana.

Deputies were tipped off about the vendor up to 72 hours before they raided the tent. Investigators believe Tuesday’s raid was an isolated incident, according to Sgt. Jason Deater, a supervisor with the Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Investigation Section.

The bulk of the edibles seized from the tent were sent for further testing to the Maryland State Police Crime Lab in Pikesville. Several other items seized during the raid also have tested positive for THC and other components in marijuana, the release stated.

On Wednesday, the fair board and directors called for the vendor to be removed from the fair.

Reithoffer Shows Inc., a Florida-based company that rents the carnival area of the fairgrounds where the drug-laced treats were found, and fair volunteers removed the vendor’s tent.

A woman with Reithoffer who answered the phone on Friday night, but declined to be identified, said she did not know anything about the vendor drug raid in Frederick. She said no one else with the company was available to comment.

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Nancy Lavin covers social services, demographics and religion for The Frederick News-Post.

(15) comments


Why would anyone think it was either "cool" or ok to reap havoc in a (potential) child/family's ) police, or healthcare worker's life) just so you could reap some sick
"blood money" ? Not only is it NOT COOL it's bloody obscene !!


trump voter? so its trump and voter fault we have drug issues? heroin has become out of control under whos last 2 terms?


Just going by the pictures in the FNP I noticed the Trump hoodies, "We shall overcomb." But I'm sure you're right, there must have Hillary hoodies too. Just more FNP bias showing.


Bad boyz love them some Hillary hoodies.


yeah I see some tie dyes


Psychoactive component what!!!! We`re not talking about magic mushrooms for God sakes. Plus "other items seized during the raid also tested positive for THC" you know folks that`s the PSYCHOACTIVE component. Those items was more then likely the "baggies" the gummy bears came in. As I said in the previous article. This was a sleazy move by the DemoBrats! If it was Hillary Clinton face on those jackets, sweat and tee shirts the stand could have been selling the White Dragon and any other illegal psychoactive componet. Check Jan Garner public office desk Monday morning and probably "items in her desk would test positive for psychoactive components". Sleezy, sleezy move.


Not that you care but both candidates are highly disliked by the public. One of the primary reasons the republican candidate is so despised is because he and his followers sound like children with the whining and name calling and living up to the deplorable tag. Think about that and then read your comment and see if it reads like a reasonable adult wrote it.


If you are saying this to Pappy, I agree. What surprised me is they took so long in filing charges. In regards to the politics, there was none I could see, making remarks like Pappy is ridiculous.


Ahem, the sheriff office here is run by republicans, not democrats.


Yeah, but they were doing there jobs, this should never enter the realm of politics.


Those two must have thought us a chump
their head shop with Spice was a dump
them arrogant guys
drew druggies like flies
but worst of all voters for Trump.


Ar, while I have no love for Trump, why do you think they were attracted to the drugs? Most are young people, looking for a thrill, doubt that they have any real political leanings.


DickD, the non sequitur is an important element in stand-up routines and limericks. It's hopefully an inside joke that you get, or don't. It's meant to be what makes you spew your coffee laughing when you get to the last line (punch line). It doesn't always work, and in this case it fell flat.


Yeah, I should have just laughed at the Trump supporters, I get that, but it would be better, if true.


I think an Alford plea is appropriate in this case. We don't want them here, and they don't want to come back. The stuff they were selling is illegal in Maryland, but it's still legal in other parts of the country. More info here:

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