Neighbors shaken after mom finds pill inside Halloween candy

Washington County

Deputies sent the pill to the state crime lab

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A purple pill labeled “Advil” was found by a North Plains mother inside her child’s Halloween candy, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

The mom called deputies, who went to the home in the 10100 block of NW Curtis Street. She told them she found what looked like a chewable Advil inside a roll of Sweet Tarts.

The pill was sent to the state crime lab for testing, authorities said, who added sometimes illegal drugs are labeled in such a way to avoid being detected by police.

“Drug makers will sometimes make illicit or dangerous street drugs to look like something as harmless as a chewable Advil tablet,” said Brian Van Kleef of the WCSO. “So, we have sent it to the state crime lab to see if it is actually something more dangerous than just an Advil tablet.”

A North Plains mom found this ‘Advil’ inside her child’s Halloween Sweet Tarts, November 1, 2019 (Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

Neighbors were scared for their kids after hearing about the discovery. One parent told KOIN 6 News that they planned to throw out all similar types of candy and to triple check what their kids brought home last night from trick-or-treating.

“My dad checked it before I ate it,” said Christopher, who brought home a haul of over 1,000 pieces of Halloween candy Thursday night. His parents took out all the Sweet Tart candies after hearing their neighbor found what looks to be a chewable Advil tablet in a roll of the same type of candy.

“They look forward to it all year. It is one of their favorite holidays—probably for the candy,” said Christopher’s mother, Jamie Bergesen. “We checked it again after we heard, of course, and we took out every Sweet Tart candy package there was.”

Other North Plains neighbors said the trick was concerning for a neighborhood filled with kids.

“Hearing it happened in your neighborhood, personally, is a little scary,” said resident Joseph Yousefelquza. “Especially it being in your neighborhood, you wouldn’t expect something like that.”

Despite his parent’s extra precautions, Christopher still has more than enough candy to go around. His mom is making sure her kid’s favorite holiday isn’t tainted by the spooky scare.

“I can’t take the Halloween away from the kids,” said Bergesen. “It’s something that has gone on for so long—you can’t break that. But I will definitely keep an eye and make sure everything is safe every time.”

Washington County deputies said it will be a couple of weeks until the test results come back on the candy.

When checking your child’s candy, if you find something suspicious, call local authorities and report it.

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