During the month of February, 2019, Detectives received information from a parent that her 13 year old child was buying marijuana laced edibles from an unknown adult female. This female and the child would set up these deals via social media. This adult female would then meet up and deliver these edibles to the child, either near her school or near to the child’s home. Detectives further discovered that these edibles came in the form of candies, fruity type like cereals, rice crispy treats, chocolates and muffins. An investigation was launched with the assistance of the LPD Street Narcotics Unit (SNEU). As a result, a detective, acting in an undercover capacity, contacted the target. This contact resulted in numerous controlled purchases of edibles and marijuana. Armed with these UC controlled drug purchases, 3 members of this DTO (Drug Trafficking Organization) were identified and the location of their drug distribution operation discovered. As a result, arrest and search warrants were secured and the DTO was dismantled on [ ]03/14/2019.
A significant amount of
edibles, marijuana and $1,280 was seized.
was a directed effort between SNEU and Detectives that quickly
and efficiently extinguished this extremely dangerous DTO. This DTO, at no
regard for public safety, used enticing types of food and candy to manipulate
school aged children into buying these hazardous and possibly life threatening
marijuana laced edibles. Marijuana edibles are food items that are infused with
marijuana or marijuana oils and come in various forms. Unlike smoking
cannabis, edibles take longer to take effect but result in a more intense high
that could last longer. This is because eating cannabis introduces
cannabinoids through the gastrointestinal tract where it is digested much more
slowly for a longer-lasting variation of THC.
credit the detectives and our narcotics unit for acting swiftly and taking down
a dangerous drug organization targeting our children". Chief Roy
3 suspects arrested and charged with drug possession and distribution charges
in this operation are:
Ranzel Ramos age 20
Santos Santiago age 47 of Lawrence
Adnellys Ramos age 36 of Lawrence
All were arraigned in Lawrence District Court.