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article imageBad trick: Crystal meth in girl's Halloween bag in California

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 5, 2014 in Crime
The father of an eight-year-old girl in Hercules, Calif., was shocked to find a small bag of methamphetamine in her Halloween candy. He took it to police who confirmed the contents and are now looking for whoever gave it to her.
"We are leaning toward it being an accident, but we are not ruling out an intentional act," Detective Connie Van Putten of the police department in Hercules told media. "Whoever it was may have intended to put it in somebody's candy but not hers."
The neighbourhood the father took his daughter treat-or-treating in Friday night is a 10-block part of Hercules, near San Francisco, called the Promenade, that turns into a mecca for kids and parents every Halloween. It's an innocent-looking area, well-lit and not known for crystal meth or any other drug problems. The neighborhood is described by Reuters in a story as an area of "quaint Victorian homes with picket fences."
The amount of the drug inside the Ziploc bag was only a tenth of a gram but Detective Van Putten said that it is "a small amount but enough to do damage to an eight-year-old girl had she gotten into it on her own."
Crystal Meth, drug of choice for characters in the TV series Breaking Bad, is highly addictive and one of the most difficult drugs to get off. Users experience aggressive episodes, memory loss, psychotic behavior and even heart and brain damage. The drug destroys bodies and is known for keeping users awake and up, and using, for days.
In fact, a crystal meth "joke" that makes the rounds among drug users each Halloween is based on its ability to rob users of sleep: Q - What did one crystal meth user say to the other crystal meth user at Halloween? A - Only two more sleeps until Christmas.
Police said they planned to test for fingerprints on the Ziploc bag to see if they can find a clue to point them toward the person who put the drug inside a little girl's Halloween bag.
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