Deputies conducted a raid on a commercial booth at The Great Frederick Fair after receiving several complaints that the vendors were selling candy laced with narcotics, said Sgt. Jason Deater, an officer with the Narcotics Investigation Section at the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.
The raid occurred around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
According to Deater, deputies received the tips within 72 hours before the raid and subsequently performed a field test on some of the candies to test for illegal substances.
The items tested positive for THC, Deater said, so officers secured a search warrant and seized roughly 50 units of assorted candies, including lollipops, chocolate-covered pretzels, and packages of gummies.
The investigation is continuing. Deputies are sending some of the candy to the Maryland State Police Crime Lab in Pikesville for further testing, Deater said.
If the candy tests positive, the vendors could be charged with crimes ranging from possession to possession with intent to distribute.
There are no reports of any fairgoers unintentionally consuming the laced candy, according to Deater.