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Police Warn Against Illegal 'Nerd Rope' Sweets Laced With Drugs

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Police Warn Against Illegal 'Nerd Rope' Sweets Laced With Drugs

Parents have been warned against drug-laced sweets that are being sold online to children in parts of the UK.

The 'Nerd Rope' sweets, as well as others made to look like other popular confectionery brands, have been found to be laced with ecstasy and cannabis and sold online to people in North Yorkshire, according to police.

The North Yorkshire Police said that parents and carers need to be 'aware' that such things are on sale after a rise in 'edibles' - drugs that can be eaten - being sold to youths.

One of the Nerd Ropes discovered looks exactly like the popular brand of sweets, but contains - according to the packaging - a 'super potent blend' of cannabis, with up to 6000mg of THC, cannabis' active ingredient, in the packaging.

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Products such as those found can be bought across the pond in the USA, where cannabis is legal - in some cases only for medical patients - but are completely illegal here.

There is also a good chance that these are knock-offs, and contain other drugs that are not cannabis.

Credit: North Yorkshire Police
Credit: North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police Constable Lauren Green told The Sun: "We want to make parents and carers aware that we have seen a rise in young people being in possession of drug-infused sweets known as 'edibles'.

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"They can look very similar to well-known sweets such as Haribo, Smarties and chocolate bars. Edibles can be laced with illegal drugs such as cannabis and MDMA.

"Unregulated sweets like these are dangerous as we don't know what levels of drugs they contain.

"They are available to buy on the internet and so could easily be obtained by young people, especially at this time when they are using the internet more than ever due to the coronavirus restrictions."

Officers raided three houses in Harrogate on Friday and seized cannabis-laced sweets, as well as firearms, drugs, phones, and cash.

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Two men aged 18 and 24 were arrested, as well as three teenage boys, two aged 17 and one 16.

The 24-year-old is alleged to have supplied class A drugs and cannabis, as well as laundering money.

Credit: North Yorkshire Police
Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: "Police seized what they suspect as cannabis infused Nerd sweets and are warning parents to be alert to the possibility that young people in the area may have bought them."

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Bradford Police in West Yorkshire also seized a large quantity of cannabis infused Nerds last month, as well as high-tech packaging equipment.

In July, a teenager was rushed to hospital in Castleford - also in Yorkshire - after eating a Nerds Rope laced with amphetamines.

Featured Image Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Topics: Food, UK News, Yorkshire, Weird

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