A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy assigned as a resource officer at a Mandeville-area school alerted detectives after a student had a reaction to a gummy candy she was given by a classmate. The child had to be transported to a local hospital for medical attention.
The resource officer learned that an 11-year-old had brought the gummies to the school and passed them out to other students.
At the child’s residence, detectives located a variety of THC edibles and products, and related paraphernalia. The child’s mother, Alexandra Price, reportedly admitted that she had been making the products. She was charged with Possession of Schedule I CDS, Manufacturing of Schedule I CDS, Cruelty to Juveniles, Sale, Distribution or Possession of Legend Drug without a Prescription, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
The juvenile, who knew what the gummies contained, was arrested for Distribution of Schedule I CDS and released into the custody of a family member.
The investigation remains ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming.
“I applaud our resource officer and the staff at this school who immediately alerted detectives to launch an investigation after a student became sick, preventing the possibility of more children consuming the THC-laced gummies,” Sheriff Randy Smith. “This is an example of how our schools and law enforcement work together every day to keep our children safe.”