Increase Federal Penalties For Selling Candy-Flavored Drugs?


Pot Tarts. Strawberry Quick. Cheese. The names are cute and hip, but the products drug dealers are peddling with them are deadly, says the Dallas Morning News. “Cheese” – crushed nighttime cold tablets laced with heroin – has dominated the attention of local narcotics agents as the mixture infiltrates Dallas-area schools. At least 21 young people have died by overdosing on the drug. Candy-flavored methamphetamine appears to be spreading from west to east. “Depending on what the manufacturers use to cut the meth down, it can have various coloration, including pink,” said Lt. Dean Sullivan, a Fort Worth police spokesman. “But our officers watch the TV news, too, so the catch phrase ‘Strawberry Quick’ did appear in at least one report.”

Arkansas police have reported finding strawberry meth, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says a similar pinkish-red crystalline drug has turned up in Washington state, Idaho, New Mexico, Missouri, and Minnesota. U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chuck Grassley, (R-IA) have introduced legislation that would increase penalties for dealers hawking candy-flavored meth and other narcotics.


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