11 teens sickened after eating drug-laced gummy bears

Press release from LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office:

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident that occurred just prior to midnight on Thursday July 7, 2017, involving several teens and narcotics.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 5200 N block of CR 325 W regarding a person who had called 911 and was requesting medical assistance. Deputy Justin Phillips was the first to arrive and found a 19-year-old male along the road. The male told Deputy Phillips that he had ingested an unknown drug and was ill and wanted to go to the emergency room. He further related that he was in the area camping with friends and that they, too, had ingested the drug, however because he was not from the area he wasn’t sure where his friends were; he believed that they were in a home nearby.

As other sheriff’s deputies arrived to assist they were able to locate a home in the 5200 N block of CR 325 W where the drug use was believed to have occurred. In the residence they found 10 other teenagers, all of whom had ingested an unknown narcotic that was making them ill. All complained of rapid heart rate, pain in their legs and blurred vision; several were suffering from hallucinations. Deputy Phillips was able to determine that the teens had each ingested one half of a gummy bear that supposedly contained THC, which is the street term for tetrahydrocannabinol, an active ingredient found in marijuana.

LaPorte County Emergency Medical Service responded with three ambulances and transported all 11 patients to two hospitals — four to Franciscan St. Anthony in Michigan City and seven to LaPorte Hospital. All of the teens were from Fishers, Indiana, and were believed to have been staying at the home of a relative of one of the teens. Nine of the teens are 18 and two are 19; six are males and five are females. Two of the patients were tested and were found to have high levels of THC in their system.

The origin of the narcotic-infused gummy bears is not known, however LaPorte County Drug Task Force investigators have been notified and are pursuing leads in the case. The matter will be reviewed by the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office to determine if any criminal charges will apply.

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  1. Charles

    Jul 15. 2017


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