Keshena, WI – Parents found a clear plastic baggy filled with crystal meth in the bag of candy their child collected while trick or treating on an tribal reservation in Wisconsin.
The Menominee Tribal Police Department reported that a small yellow bag containing methamphetamine was found in a child’s Halloween candy on Oct. 30.
The parent who called police said the child was trick or treating in the Keshena area of the Menominee Indian Reservation, about 160 miles north of Milwaukee.
Police recommended that all parents in that community check their children’s candy to make sure no other drugs are found, and encouraged parents to throw out the rest of the candy, just in case.
"It looked like a crystal type substance, subsequently was tested, and confirmed it was Methamphetamine," said Ben Warrington, Tribal Emergency Management Coordinator, according to WLUK TV .
Police said it was unclear if the drugs were handed out on purpose.
"We're not sure, it does look like this is an isolated incident, we haven't received any other reports," said Tribal Police Detective Josh Lawe.
Tribal leaders have set up collection stations for parents to dispose of their children's candy. They are also asking parents to drop off the containers in which the candy was collected.
Tribal leaders have announced there will be another community trick or treating event Halloween night, sponsored by several businesses and tribal agencies, at the College of Menominee Nation.
No costumes are required, and the event will provide bags to collect the candy being distributed, according to FOX 11 News.
There was mixed reaction by Facebook commenters on the Menominee Reservation Tribal Police page.
“My kids are going to be heartbroken but alive, I’m tossing ALL their candy,” said a Connie M Peters.
“My guess is someone was so high she/he didn’t realize they gave out some of their supply. Who knows how much more if any was tossed in bags? This makes me sad for our community when we don’t feel safe trick-or-treating.”
One commenter complained they spent $20 on Halloween candy that was going to be thrown out because of meth-heads.