Aloha parents eat Halloween candy laced with meth


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Parents in Aloha got sick Thursday after they ate Halloween candy that turned out to contain methamphetamine. 

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said the parents ate some Sour Patch Kids candy their children collected while trick-or-treating on Halloween Wednesday night.

Sour Patch Kids that tested positive for methamphetamine in Aloha. (WCSO)

When they started feeling sick, they called deputies, who tested the candy and confirmed methamphetamine was on it.

The parents were taken to the hospital for evaluation. Thankfully, the children did not eat any of that candy. The family did not want to speak on camera, but said they threw out all their Halloween candy.

The parents said the candy appeared to be fully sealed before they ate it.

“You could liquefy the meth, put it in a syringe and then you can inject the syringe through the plastic bag,” said Detective Mark Povolny with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

They live in the 21600 block of SW Jay Street and went trick-or-treating in the area east of SW Cornelius Pass Road. 

Investigators said it’s nearly impossible to pinpoint where that candy came from.  

The sheriff’s office said they wanted to alert the community out of an abundance of caution but they have had no other reports of tampered candy.

Parents in the area are heeding the warning — taking a second look at their candy hauls.

“I’m tempted to throw the whole bag out unfortunately and just go to the store and get a bag,” parent James Smith said.  

Bonnie Stewart was home when the ambulance and deputies came to her neighbor’s home.

“I never thought anything like this would happen with meth being around in the neighborhood, it’s crazy,” Stewart said. “You cant trust anything anymore.”

Povolny said for anyone wondering why someone would give meth away by putting it on candy, “you actually don’t need very much for us to pick it up.” 

If you suspect any candy may have been tampered with, contact the authorities.

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