Fair Drug Raid

A Frederick County sheriff’s deputy watches over two detained people outside a booth on the midway as narcotics officers serve a search warrant.

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.

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Kate Masters is the features and food reporter for The Frederick News-Post. She can be reached at kmasters@newspost.com.

(37) comments


The Frederick Fair stated they don't wont to be part of this, especially with all the young kids. But it was ok to have all of the paraphernalia for sale and all of the other weed references in sight for the kids to see.


whats going to happen when they legalize marijuana everywhere,,,.there are vending machines with laced candy and bakeries have baked goods with this stuff in states where it is legal ...


I'm as anti-drug as can be.

And this news story is confusing. I never heard of the mentioned (3) letter substances. What are they?

No arrests. Yet. They're still operating. Haven't split town. Yet, the police would not have gotten involved if all was up to par. Was there a crime?

Looking forward to a more detailed follow up story.

Greg F

Here comes the plethora of stoners who support Drumpf to his rescue. That's gonna really have to be a big basket.


I do hope that those allegedly involved don't claim "all's fair at The Fair" ! The law may have other thoughts about that when the MD Crime Lab results come in.


Read the sweater in the top left corner. Come on FNP! And we can't write D%$n?


I like the "Free El Chapo" in the upper right. I guess just about anyone can have fans.


Probably a general statement, but i wonder how many of those who dont want kids ingesting edibles took them to mcdonalds this week and made sure they had their ritalin (sp) before sending them to school. Do i think this should be going on at the fair in Frederick, no I dont, but people act like the vendors were slipping it into toddler's cotton candy while no one was looking. This is why those who desparately need medicinal marijuana that actually alleviate many illnesses dont have a fighting chance of getting it. I didnt see anyone complaining about the beer tent and Im sure there were no fake IDs floating around there. [unsure]


There's a bit of slander going on here, but I won't get too involved with that. I'm one of the people that work at that booth. I was there when the raid occurred. As someone that has worked in beach stores for years and head shops throughout the south I've been raised before. There is no way, no how that the candy tested positive for THC. They are cbd edibles that were only sold to those the age of 18+. The officers searched our tent, hotel room, trailer and vehicles and found NOTHING. The tent is still open for business, no one got arrested, no one will get arrested in the future over it.

Good story though, almost had me nervous until I realized that it was utter bs. Regardless, the Frederick County fair has been nothing short of amazing and we look forward to continuing our business with you.


If you do stay open I bet your sales will be way high though. [wink]


You mean the place selling the bongs and pot emblem t-shirts and sweaters had something to do with drugs. as Claude Raines said in Casablanca, "I am shocked, just shocked!"


I actually talked to the people who ran that booth. It was CBD edibles. not THC.


How is it the stuff had THC in it, then? "The items tested positive for THC, Deater said..."


There is NO THC in the candies.


You say there was no THC, the cops said there was in some of the candies. If there wasn't, just what is the purpose of "CBD edibles?"


In the paperwork we received it stated that it tested positive for marijuana, not thc. If you were to test hemp rope, hemp soap, candles etc it would be the same. Cbd is the medical side of marijuana. Aches, pains, anxiety and more are relieved by it. It does not get you high. Cbd is also legal in all 50 states. However, we understand that it could be frowned upon and warrant a uproar like this. For that, we apologize. At no time did we knowingly sell to under aged customers. If they appeared to be under the age of 30 we would card them. Unfortunately, we were asked to leave the fair so not even our tshirts are available anymore. As stated before, we throughly enjoyed our time in Frederick and would like to thank everyone for their business but more importantly their time.


That is correct


Forgive me for being so ignorant on this subject, but isn't CBD medical marijuana?


Looks as though the Democrats (Demo Brats) were at play on this on by the looks of the product of jackets and shirts of Donald Trump. a sleazy move. I wonder now if Jan Garner was the C.I. and one of her flukes planted the candies there? That`s why the crats has Demo in front. If they can not claim victory innocently (what am I saying) then they do what they have done for decades. That`s why our young boys are killed over sea`s and why the Country is failing. go donald and mike go! Go Donald and Mike Go!! Gooooo Donald and Mike Gooooooo!!!!!!!!


Donald can go very far away - to Russia, to be with his favorite dictator, as we examine the frauds he perpetuated with his con game charity.

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Your use of Drumph is getting old.I am sure you are a Hilaryious supporter.


Can't fix STUPID!

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garden whimsey

Did you really mean to use the word "flailing" or was it your intention to use "failing"? Either way, you might not think much of the paper but you are reading it so what does that say about you?


Edibles with pot are legal in Oregon. Everybody, unclutch your pearls. It's fine.


It should be legal but it ain't. And selling it as candy at the fair is wrong. They should have at least waited for Oktoberfest!


It's against the law here. It's not fine as far as law enforcement is concerned.


I don't think it's OK that candies were laced and could have been sold to unsuspecting people, including children.


Why would you sell edibles to unsuspecting people? They aren't inexpensive, and no one is likely to buy one of them at whatever price they are asking and not know exaclty what they are getting.

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Call me old fashioned. When I see kids throwing up and looking dizzy at the fair, I expect it to be from eating deep-fried Twinkies and then riding the Tilt A Whirl, not from ingesting THC laced Scooby Snax.

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Scott you can smoke your weed if you want to, I don't have a problem with it but selling it as candy if a different story!!! I don't want my grandchildren getting their hands on candy laced with weed at no Fair! Get out of here with that bull!!

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Yes Scott, people smoke weed. I used to regularly and still do on occasion, but I do not condone vendors at a public venue selling it disguised as candy, quite possibly to young children. This is an issue and, as far as I'm concerned, worth reporting on as it might help make parents more aware of what their kids might be exposed to.

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I'm with you. This county and state and the FNP should not be making an issue of simple marijuana use or possession. But this isn't a story because of the weed. This is a story because these people were selling THC laced candy at a county fair, a place where it could have easily found it's way into the hands of unsuspecting children. Would you consider it an issue if a 5 year old ended up in the Emergency Room because he got his hands on some tainted candy?

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Go suck your lollipop...

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