The smiling gummy bear may look innocent enough, but it could contain an ingredient much more potent than sugar.
Medellín Mayor Federico Gutíerrez said Wednesday in a video statement published on his official social media accounts that authorities arrested 31 people in a “powerful drug trafficking network” that police say were putting LSD in sweets like jelly candies and candy suckers.
According to Gutíerrez, the subjects were in possession of millions of candies infused with the psychedelic drug when they were arrested. He added that the traffickers would routinely hang around schools to deal the drugs to children, according to police investigations.
“I want to make a call to all the fathers and mothers to be more cautious of their children,” Gutíerrez said in the video statement shown below. “It was found that this same network was found with 10 million gummies and 1 million suckers containing LSD and other synthetics.
“With these candies, they were hoping to intoxicate the children and young people of our city around our schools and educative institutions,” he added.
Gutíerrez said in his written statement on social media that more arrests are expected in connection with the same drug trafficking organization.
Colombia’s Chief Prosecutor Néstor Humberto Martínez said in a Wednesday press conference that the organization was known as “The Kings of Marijuana” and are also known for selling marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, and other drugs throughout Colombia.
Authorities called it one of the largest drug busts in Colombia in the past few years, according to a report from local news station Caracol.