ALOHA, OR (KPTV) - The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public after candy consumed from trick-or-treating in Aloha tested positive for methamphetamine.
Deputies responded to the 21600 block of Southwest Jay Street at 2:20 p.m. Thursday.
Two parents said they felt sick after eating what appeared to be Sour Patch Kids that their two children had collected from trick-or-treating on Halloween night.
The sheriff's office says the parents and their two kids went trick-or-treating along Southwest 216th Avenue between Southwest Rock Road and Southwest August Street.
The group also trick-or-treated west of Oak Glen Apartments and north of Hope Fellowship of Hillsboro.
The parents said their children had not eaten that candy and the wrapper appeared to have been fully sealed prior to them opening it.
Deputies conducted field tests on the gummy candy and said it tested positive for the presence of meth.
The uneaten candy was seized as evidence.
The parents were taken to the hospital to be evaluated.
The sheriff’s office has not received any other reports about Halloween candy being altered or tampered with, and deputies said they are not aware of any similar reports made to neighboring law enforcement agencies.
“This information is being distributed to the community out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of public safety,” according to a sheriff’s office statement.
Other parents in the area say the incident makes then anxious about their kids' candy.
“It was sealed candy," James Smith, a neighbor, said. So now it’s unnerving to me because we have a bag full of chocolates inside the house that if it’s sealed I don’t know if that is tainted. We always look for you know the things that you hear about on the news with razor blades in the candy, the package being opened and seeing different holes and things of that nature when it comes to the packaging but if it seems as though you can’t detect it that’s very frightening.”
Smith lives in the area with his kids. He says what happened makes him think twice about how how they will celebrate Halloween in the future.
“Tainted my view of actually doing it anymore,” Smith said.
Smith's daughter, Makayla, says it gives her the chills.
"Halloween, for me, is like trick-or-treating, scaring people all that stuff, but hearing that there’s meth in candy that seems like it’s not supposed to be,” Makayla said.
Sarah Mendoza, a mother of two who lives in the area, says she is already taking steps to protect her kids after hearing the news.
"Terrified we’re going to go through and get all the Sour Patch candies out it makes it feel like we can’t let our kids have candy,” Mendoza said. “It’s someone that doesn’t understand their community and social responsibility and just plain kindness and love for other human beings.”
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