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Check your kid’s Halloween candy this year, agents warn after Gulfport man’s arrest

Marijuana candy is among several illegal items seized from a Gulfport man, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.
Marijuana candy is among several illegal items seized from a Gulfport man, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

Officials with the Mississippi Bureau Narcotics issued a cautionary message Tuesday after arresting a Gulfport man: Check the treats given to children on Halloween before letting them consume it.

Homer Russell Smith, 40, was arrested Monday on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Police found 760 units of edible candies laced with THC, a highly potent chemical found in marijuana, inside Smith’s home on the 15000 block of John Clark Road, said MBN Director John Dowdy.

The THC was disguised in popular candy that appears to be peach rings, gummy worms and strawberry gum drops. Each bag of candy had a label that said it had 100 mg of THC inside.

MBN agents also found more than a pound of high-grade marijuana, 30 grams of “shatter,” a solid form of THC marijuana, and more than 100 vape cartridges filled with THC oil, Dowdy said, as well as other various drug paraphernalia. The items have an estimated street value of $15,000.

Agents also seized five guns, and one of those was reported stolen, Dowdy said, and more than $11,000 in cash.

Smith was taken to the Harrison County jail and is held on a $10,000 bond.

MBN arrested Smith as a result of two-week investigation that included the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team.

More arrests are expected in the case, Dowdy said.

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @JustinMitchell_

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