Authorities in a city in upstate New York are concerned that drugs that look like candy may soon hit the community.
Police in Elmira, a city in the Southern Tier, issued a press release with the subject line "Candy warning- Danger to children" about a narcotic trend that "may be present in the area."
Illegal drug makers are pushing pills that look very similar to colorful SweeTarts candies, Elmira's detective bureau warned in the press release.
"The narcotic form may have actual imprints (generic or name brand) to assist is [sic] disguising the true identity of the substance. The candy like doses have been found to have substances such as Xanax and Heroin," Captain Anthony Alvernaz wrote in the release.
An investigation into a drug overdose prompted the concern, Elmira police said.
"We recovered what appeared to be candy under circumstances that indicate they may have been a narcotic substance," police said in a message to Fox5NY.com. "There has been no confirmation that they contain narcotic substances and we will not know until they are tested by the lab."
Elmira cops want the public to call in tips about these candy drugs.
Police in a community in Indiana seized about 100 drug-laced multicolored candies this month, Fox59.com reported.
Drugs made to look like candies aren't a new phenomenon. Ecstasy is usually distributed as colorful tablets that are often hidden among real candies, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.