January 5, 2018 Radio Commentary

Marijuana-laced Snacks Sold in Metro Schools

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, January 5, 2018 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Last summer’s Sweet Sixteen birthday sleepover in a Cobb County hotel may never be forgotten by those who were there.  Parents serving as chaperons were booked into the same hotel for the night, totally unaware of what was about to happen.

Just after midnight, one of the girls began hallucinating, having little fits, kind of scratching herself.  Paramedics called to the scene realized the 16-year-old was having seizures and rushed her to the hospital, where she recovered.

Chaperons learned that the kids had paid $100 for marijuana-infused snacks they ordered online from Trill Treats and had them delivered directly to the hotel.  A parent said, “They had 10 of these containers and there wasn’t a morsel left.” The dangerous/illegal goodies were supplied by a 19-year-old recent high school graduate, still living with his parents.  He used Instagram to advertise home-made THC-laced edibles for $100, with personal delivery available for $5 more.

Included on his Instagram page was a survey providing space for students to give the name of their high school.  One student sent him this note, “You need more people selling at Westlake.  One person keep (sic) selling out in the morning.” To that he replied, “I have two more people up there beside the one girl.”

After alerting law enforcement, a FOX 5 I-Team member became a Trill Treats Instagram follower and ordered some of his snacks for delivery in a Douglasville shopping center parking lot.  The 19-year-old made the delivery himself and explained, “I started in high school doing this. So, when I graduated people knew about it and I kept people selling for me.”

The FOX I-Team bought 12 homemade brownies and took them to Salvus Labs whose testing revealed that the brownies contained high-potency THC, at least three times more powerful than the accepted dosage in Colorado and other states that have legalized marijuana.

Since the 19-year-old lives in Fairburn, Douglasville police and Fulton County police conducted their own sting two months later.  The young man is now in jail, held without bond, and faces three felony counts in Douglas County.  In Fulton County he’s charged with two counts of selling a Schedule 1 controlled substance containing pure THC.  Fulton County seized boxes of baking items and over a dozen crock pots from the family residence.

Videos of the stings are available online.  Schools mentioned in the reports are Westlake, Banneker, Heritage High, Edwards Middle, and Rockdale County.  Ask your legislators to vote NO on legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana.  For Georgia Insight I’m Sue Ella Deadwyler, your Capitol correspondent.