Warning to parents over 'normal-looking' sweets

Picture of package of sweets called 'Fruit Pastilles'
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Parents are being alerted about sweets infused with cannabis following a police raid on an alleged large-scale factory producing these items. The facility is suspected of manufacturing thousands of these "cannabis edibles", which bear a striking resemblance to regular sweets, lacking the distinctive smell of the drug.

Three individuals - aged 19, 27, and 51 - have been charged with possession of a class B drug with intent to supply and involvement in the supply of class B controlled drugs after the police operation at a property in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. The trio are currently in custody.

Dyfed-Powys Police aim to raise awareness among parents about these edibles, which do not exhibit the typical smell or appearance of cannabis and instead resemble ordinary shop-bought sweets. These items, they warn, are also packaged like regular sweets and "can be particularly appealing to young people and teenagers".

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They further caution that these edibles may contain other "illicit substances" besides cannabis. A spokeswoman for the force stated: "Three people have been charged following the discovery of a commercial scale production factory at an address in Haverfordwest.

"Between June 5 and 6, 2024, it was discovered that the address was being used to produce what is believed to be thousands of cannabis edibles. There are concerns that the edibles are being supplied to young people.", reports Wales Online.

As part of the same police operation, a property in the village of Crymych in northeast Pembrokeshire was searched, and a quantity of cannabis was recovered.