Cannabis chocolate pots ‘Nudella’ and ‘Budscoff’ seized by Lancashire Police
Chocolate pots containing cannabis - including Nutella and Biscoff flavours - have been seized by Lancashire Police.
The force say the ‘Nudella’ and ‘Budscoff’ pots were found at a home in Blackpool in December and are just one of many similar batches of so-called ‘edibles’ seized in Lancashire over the past few months.
Police say it is believed that some edibles could potentially contain 50 times more THC than one joint of cannabis, leading the force to warn people to be vigilant about the tasty-looking treats.
Det Con Catherine Lee: "While there is no evidence at this stage to suggest these sweets would have been sold on, we are still asking people to be vigilant.
"We know these pots look fairly innocent, yet they potentially contain extremely high levels of THC.
"In particular, teenagers may think they look safe or ‘just a bit of fun’, but there have been reports in the national press of youngsters being hospitalised after taking sweets containing THC, and that is obviously a situation we want to avoid.
"We are now asking parents to talk to older children about them and to explain the risks, and are asking parents to be vigilant and look out for these edibles in their own home, as it would be easy for them to be missed."
Other sweet treats containing cannabis have been seized by police in Lancashire in recent months, including a batch of baked goods found by staff at a Royal Mail sorting office in Preston.
These have since been laboratory tested and found to contain cannabis.
A 28-year-old man from the Burnley area was later arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug and has since been released under investigation.
In October last year, Lancashire Police intercepted a parcel of similar products – hidden in ‘Nerds Rope’ sweets packaging – at a post office in Blackburn.
The drug laced sweets had been posted from London and contained cannabis oil which could be 50 times stronger than a typical joint.
In a social media post today, the force warned: "On first glance these chocolate pots look pretty tasty, don’t they? But don’t be fooled. They have been seized by police and potentially contain dangerous levels of THC, which is a cannabinoid thought to be responsible for the ‘high’ from cannabis."
Anybody with information about any of these items, or who has been offered them for sale, is asked to contact Lancashire Police on 101.
Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be reached on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org.