Around 12,000 suspected fentanyl pills inside of candy, boxes were seized at LA airport in the United States.

About 12,000 pills were seized by sheriff’s detectives and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents assigned to a drug task force at the airport. Someone tried to go through security screening with some snacks and bags of candy. There was no candy inside the marked Sweethearts Skittles, and Whoppers boxes, Instead, they contained what authorities believe to be thousands of dangerous pills.

According to LA county sheriff’s deputy Michael Chen, a person attempted to board a plane what they tried to pass off as candy, however, it was discovered that inside those sweet hearts, skittles, and whoppers candy boxes contained fentanyl pills. The fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin. The authorities do not know whether the suspect was just tried to illegally transport the drugs or was planning to sell the drugs in the packaging, but regardless, it is a cause of concern for law enforcement agencies. The suspected trafficker fled but has been identified, and the investigation is ongoing.

With Halloween fast approaching parents to need to make sure that they’re checking their kids, candy, and not allowing them to eat anything until it has been checked by them. Parents shouldn’t touch any suspected drugs and should immediately call law enforcement

But despite fears that drug dealers are deliberately pushing fentanyl on trick-or-treaters, many experts argued that there is a very low possibility of any danger in Halloween candy.

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There is one standout example, however, of a child dying after ingesting cyanide-laced Pixie Stix, WVSN reported. The child’s father, in that case, was ultimately arrested and charged with his son’s murder.

The suspected trafficker fled but has been identified and the investigation is ongoing.