Boxes of suspected weed disguised as sweet packets to ‘appeal to youngsters’

Suspected cannabis disguised in sweet packets to “appeal” to youngsters has been seized by police.

Officers discovered boxes full of packets and bottles plastered with brand names like Chewits, Irn Bru, Tango and Fruittella.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis, the Liverpool Echo reports.

He was released under investigation pending further inquiries.

Merseyside Police raided the home in Fazakerley, Liverpool at around 8pm on Thursday and found the stash of suspected drugs.

Detective Chief Superintendent Lisa Mahon said: “We’re pleased to have removed this significant amount of drugs from the community, and will continue to investigate this and any other similar incidents to put those responsible before the courts.

“These drugs are clearly designed to appeal to younger people, which is worrying to see.

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"We want to highlight this as early as possible, so that all parents and carers for young people can be vigilant if coming across them.”

She added: “The supply of cannabis and other illegal drugs not only leads to harm to users, it attracts serious violent crime to our communities.

“Although we believe these particular packages contained cannabis, there is no way for people to be sure what other chemicals or drugs are contained, which can lead to side effects, serious illness and even death.

"Incidents in other areas where similar items have been seized have been found to contain other harmful chemicals, so it is incredibly dangerous to consume such things.

“If you see such drugs or have any information, come forward and we will do the rest.”

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