Back-to-back seizures in Lakeville turn up candy-like ‘gummies’ laced with THC

Thousands of candy-like gummies laced with THC are showing up in Minnesota and bringing the state into the latest controversy over marijuana products that are legal in some states but not in others.

The arrest of Austin J. Hagen, 23, of Lakeville, was the second last week in the south metro suburb involving a large amount of gummies containing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in marijuana.

“It is alarming to find such large quantities of these THC-laced gummy bears apparently heading for distribution in the Twin Cities area,” County Attorney Jim Backstrom said Tuesday. “These are very dangerous and can easily be found and ingested by children. The chance of accidental overdose … is also very high.”

While investigators continued searching for the source of the gummies, Backstrom said, “Minnesota law enforcement has noticed an increase in the past year in candy-like edibles … laced with THC.”

He said the products are making their

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