Deputies: Candy tests positive for drugs after student becomes sick

IREDELL COUNTY (WSOC) - The Iredell County Sheriff's Department's Crime Lab examined candy, which some parents said was laced with drugs and distributed by a student at West Iredell Middle School last week.

Stacy Sidden said her son Casey, 13, came home sick from West Iredell Middle School last week.

"He said, 'Momma, I really don't feel good,'" Stacy Sidden said. "He said, 'Maybe it was that candy I ate,' and I was like, 'What candy?'"

The candy, Casey told his mother, was brought to school by another student. It looked like a lollipop with dipping powder.

"It's been pretty rough," Casey said. "I was scared I was gonna die."

Deputies released a statement Thursday saying that the candy in question tested positive for small trace amounts of dihydrocodeinone, which is commonly known as hydrocodone. The candy also tested positive with small amounts of alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone, which is commonly known as bath salts.

The candy also tested positive for acetaminophen, the report stated.

"We're looking through the investigation to find out who contaminated it. We do know it was brought from a party and brought to the school and shared with another student," said Darren Campbell with the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.

Iredell Statesville Schools responded by sending letters home to parents and inviting them to an informational meeting next week to talk about the dangers of drugs.

Stacy Sidden said that's all well and good, but it isn't enough.

"(I'm) very angry that the child is still attending school at this point," Stacy Sidden said.

While she expected the student who gave her son the candy to be suspended, school district officials told our Charlotte affiliate WSOC they can't do that until investigators find out if that student, or any others, knew the candy was laced with drugs.


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