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Georgia police arrest man for making drug that looked like candy

A narcotics investigation that culminated in the search of a Georgia home prompted police to warn local parents about dangerous illegal drugs made to look like Halloween candy. The Oct. 22 Facebook post from the Dublin Police Department came after officers took a local resident into custody on drug possession and distribution charges. Officers say that they recovered methamphetamine pills during a search of the man's West Avenue residence that were almost identical in appearance to popular children's candies and vitamin pills.

The chain of events began at approximately 10:50 a.m. on Oct. 19 when Dublin Police Department officers and a K9 unit from the Georgia Department of Corrections arrived at the man's home to execute a search warrant. Initial reports did not indicate what led police to believe that the man was selling drugs or describe the nature of the evidence supporting their search warrant application. In addition to the pills allegedly containing methamphetamine, police are said to have discovered an undisclosed quantity of marijuana and several items of drug paraphernalia during the search.

The man was taken into custody at the scene and his Ford pickup truck was impounded, according to reports. He was subsequently charged with a number of drug crimes including marijuana possession with the intent to distribute, methamphetamine possession with the intent to distribute and possession of drug-related items. Reports indicate that the man was released from the Laurens County Jail two days after being taken into custody.

The evidence gathered during searches of homes, vehicles or persons often seems compelling in media reports, but it may not be of much use to prosecutors if police officers acted without a valid search warrant. This is why criminal defense attorneys generally encourage their clients to remain silent until they have spoken to a lawyer even if their situations seem grim.

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