Close to $1 million worth of meth in the form of colorful lollipops was seized Tuesday from a Houston-area home, officials said. The street value of the total haul would be near $1 million, police said.
Six hundred pounds of the homemade candy-drug mixture melted into various shapes - including Batman and "Star Wars" figures - were discovered in a Houston home.
Diaz said officials believe the man and woman had taken the drugs from the residence where the burglary was said to be taking place.
Deputies were originally called to a Harris County home Monday on a report of a burglary. "It appears the candy was meant to be distributed among children and/or sold to juveniles".
So many, in fact, that the suspects couldn't even close the auto door because drugs were packed so tightly in, according to police deputies. When police arrived they found a man and woman putting the bags of candy into their vehicle. They said each lollipop can go from $20 to $40.
"What if one of these lollipops were dropped in a neighborhood and a child picked it up?" a police spokesperson told the newspaper.
Lt. Diaz concluded the drugs are being marketed to children.
Deputies said the seizure happened near a school and fear these drugs are targeted towards children.
According to Lt. Ruben Diaz, the vehicle used by the suspects, David Andrew Salinas, 21 and Evonne Christine Mick, 36, was so tightly packed with the drugs they were unable to close the back hatch.
Mick was charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Deputies believe Mick lived there before her arrest, according to KIAH.