Two Arrested For Edible Marijuana Treats

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    Marisol Noriega, 20, (inset left) and David Ramos, 23, (inset right) have been arrested for allegedly possessing edible marijuana items like the examples seen behind their mug shots.

    Investigators in Corinth say two people have been arrested for possession of edible marijuana treats.

    Last week, law enforcement officers said they recently discovered flavored sodas, Gummy Bears, taffy, hard candy and other edibles, all containing highly-potent marijuana manufactured in Denver and brought to North Texas.

    Corinth police said two people recently arrested possessed these types of items.

    Marisol Noriega, 20, was arrested on Feb. 11 for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and possession of about a half-pound of marijuana. Police said Noriega possessed several items of candy and sodas which contained Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main active chemical compound found in marijuana. Noriega was released on bonds totaling $12,500 on Feb. 13

    Investigators also said an ongoing investigation lead to the arrest of 23-year-old David Ramos on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Ramos faces the same charges as Noriega, but also is being held by Immigration and Custom Enforcement in the Denton County Jail.

    Police said the new battle lines in Texas' war on drugs isn't along its southern border with Mexico, but simply keeping it from crossing state lines from places where marijuana is now legal.

    “These items were found on the street and, as you can see, they clearly look like something you would buy at your grocery store,” said Lt. Jimmie Gregg, of the Corinth Police Department.

    Each item contained between 25 and 100 milligrams of THC, the chemical component that produces a high when marijuana is ingested.

    “They are probably a little more potent than one or two joints you may see a marijuana user using at the time,” said Gregg.

    Police are concerned that kids will be targeted as primary customers with sweet treats that they could eat or drink in front of a parent, teacher or cop and no one would suspect a thing.

    “You’re not looking for it,” said Gregg. “We have to be more cognizant of and recognize and take action. Like you say, 'Catch up to the game.'"

    NBC 5's Randy McIlwain contributed to this report.