Man Runs Out of Candy, Switches to Dangerous Alternative
(DailyVantage.com) – Halloween is a fun time for children and adults alike who enjoy trick-or-treating, but there’s always an element of caution when it comes to receiving candy and other snacks from strangers. One South Chicago Heights man ran out of treats to hand out, and instead of just turning off his lights or telling people he had no more to give, he allegedly handed out cannabis edibles.
This week, officers arrested 25-year-old Jarod Feilen for distributing the gummies, which some parents claimed smelled strongly like marijuana. The suspect packaged them in nondescript foil baggies. Some observant guardians suspected the treats right away and notified the police, who confiscated the candies and immediately launched an investigation.
When questioned, Feilen reportedly admitted to handing out the cannabis-laced gummies, according to Police Chief Bill Joyce. He faces five counts of child endangerment for his choices, which Joyce said “wasn’t the smartest thing to do.” If the laboratory testing confirms the samples contain marijuana, authorities could escalate the charges.
Authorities believe Feilen handed out at least 20 baggies. They’ve asked anyone who believes their children might have received the suspicious candy to contact the South Chicago Heights police at (708) 755-3520 and request to speak with Chief Joyce.
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