Police warn about THC ‘candy’

A recent rash of medical grade THC products has landed three people behind bars.

Above are some of the THC-laced items confiscated during a recent bust in Homerville.

According to Homerville Police Department Captain Derrek Manning, during the past six months, the HPD has been working closely with the Clinch County Sheriff’s Office in investigating several distributors of narcotics in Clinch County. During the initial investigation, detectives were able to obtain recorded narcotics purchases from several individuals, which led to the arrests.  The three that were arrested are: Lazarus B. Rucker, a.k.a. Memphis, 29, of a Homerville address, who  was arrested and charged with two counts of the sale of methamphetamine, two counts of the sale of methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school, one count of possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, and one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; Terri Lynn McCain, 42, of a Homerville address, who was arrested and charged with one count of use of a communication device to facilitate a drug transaction, and one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; and Javavaier Deshawn Lacey, 25, of a Homerville address, was arrested and charged with two counts of the sale of marijuana, two counts of the use of a communications device to facilitate a drug transaction, one count of marijuana within 1000 feet of a school, and one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

During the arrest process, officers uncovered a substantial quantity of THC marijuana-laced edibles in Rucker’s residence. These are especially dangerous because they are packaged like normal candy products and could easily be mistaken for them. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that prompts people to get high when smoking it or ingesting it.

“These candy edibles are now being distributed to our children,” said Homerville Police Chief Desmond DiLorenzo. “They appear to be legitimate candy bars and gummies. A recent accidental exposure to this type of THC left a 6-year-old boy from Jacksonville unresponsive, and I don’t want to see that happen here. Just having one of these edibles is enough to earn a felony charge.”

Rucker and McCain were both released during their initial first appearance, but Lacey remains behind bars due to a bond revocation for a previous narcotics arrest.

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