Dad finds bag of meth among child's Halloween candy

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ByAlan Wang KGO logo
Monday, November 3, 2014
Dad finds bag of meth among child's Halloween candy
A parent in Hercules made a startling discovery when he found a small bag of methamphetamine among his daughter's Halloween candy.

HERCULES, Calif. (KGO) -- A bag of meth was thrown into an 8-year-old's candy bag, it sounds like a Halloween hoax, but it really happened. Residents are shocked that something like this could happen in their neighborhood. The little girl was trick-or-treating in the Promenade area of Hercules on Halloween.

"I think this is a good community, so that's a surprise," said Norman Santos, Promenade neighbor.

It's hard for these people to believe that one of their neighbors may have slipped some crystal meth into a child's Halloween bag.

"I think that's sick, that person is so sick," said David Pel, Promenade neighbor.

While examining his 8-year old daughter's candy, Hercules police say a man reported the discovery of a small, pink, plastic bag. It tested positive for methamphetamine.

"I know it can happen in any social, economic area. So as much as I would like to deny that it's not happening here, I can't put my finger on it," said Maureen Albritton, Promenade neighbor.

The pink packet contained only a tenth of a gram.

"A tenth of a gram is enough for felony charges filed for possession of a controlled substance," said Hercules Police Department Sgt. Ezra Tafesse.

Police don't know if the drugs were intentionally or accidentally dropped in the child's Halloween bag.

"It's not somebody vicious in this neighborhood. It's somebody who was stupid and made a mistake, or the child picked up the wrong bag," said Susan Keeffe, Promenade neighbor.

Police say it's difficult to fingerprint evidence this small after so many people have handled it. That's why they're not actively pursuing the perpetrator. At most, they want parents to check their child's candy carefully.