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.