7 hospitalized due to gummy bear candies with cannabis

October 31, 2022 Edd Reyes 248 views

POLICE arrested a 48-year-old woman responsible for the distribution of gummy bear candies infused with faded fruit cannabis to seven persons, including two minors, Sunday afternoon in Valenzuela City.

Valenzuela police chief P/Col. Salvador Destura, Jr. said that at around 12:50 p.m., a security guard of the Valenzuela Medical Center reported a food poisoning incident wherein seven persons were admitted to the emergency room after suffering from stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting.

Elements of the Station Investigation Unit led by P/Cpl. Julius Bernardo proceeded to the hospital and found out from the result of the medical examination that the cause of hospitalization of the victims was not food poisoning but drug or cannabis intoxication after eating gummy bear candies.

During the course of investigation, the victims pointed to Sammy Lovino, owner of a sari-sari store and resident of Llenado Compound, Maysan Road, Malinta, who was one of those who rushed them to the hospital, as the one who distributed gummy bear candies to them.

Cpl. Bernardo approached the suspect and found from her possession three vacuum sealed sachets of gummy candies with different flavors infused with faded fruits cannabis with street value worth P1,800 placed inside her sling bag.

Col. Destura said that although the victims refused to file any criminal charges against the suspect, she was still presented for inquest proceedings on charges for violation of Section 5 and Section 11 under Article II of R.A. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act before the Valenzuela City Prosecutor’s Office.

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