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DEA Warns of Drug-Laced Halloween Candy

Law enforcement agencies in South Florida and throughout the country are warning trick-or-treaters and parents to be on the lookout for drug-laced candy this Halloween.

The Drug Enforcement Administration in St. Louis sent out a warning about the dangers of the candies, along with photos showing some samples that are made to look like regular candy brands. The items shown include "3 Rastateers," "Rasta Reese's," "Buddahfinger," and "Puff-A-Mint Pattie."

"Marijuana-laced or Methamphetamine-laced candies can go undetected, but have harmful effects on our children if ingested," DEA Special Agent in Charge William J. Callahan said in the warning, according to KSDK. "Halloween is a time for kids to be kids and have fun with family and friends. We don’t want anyone falling prey to an avoidable tragedy. Please check your candy closely. If you come across any suspicious treats that have unusual wrapping or misspelled candy labels give it to your local police department."

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office also posted on Twitter Wednesday that people should check before consuming any candies.

"Trick or treating tonight? Let’s make sure our kids don’t eat any illegal candy," the agency tweeted.

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