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Marijuana edible candies found at Coconut Creek home, police say

Jaime Restrepo, 32, arrested on multiple drug charges

(Coconut Creek Police Department)

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. – Detectives from the Coconut Creek and Margate police departments executed a search warrant at a suspected drug dealer's home Tuesday, where they said they found marijuana edible candies.

According to police, members of the special enforcement team went to Jaime Restrepo's home in the 5500 block of Lyons Road in Coconut Creek and found two pounds of marijuana, a .38 caliber revolver, $7,000 in cash and marijuana edible candies.

Police said they also found 33 marijuana canisters that were packaged as "medicinal marijuana."

Restrepo, 32, was arrested and taken to the Broward County Main Jail.

He faces charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of THC (wax) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

"We are only beginning to see the tip of the iceberg with respect to the infusion of illegal marijuana packaged as edibles into the state of Florida," Coconut Creek police Chief Albert "Butch" Arenal said in a statement. "When you package and label so-called medical marijuana as bubble gum flavor, you are marketing it to our most vulnerable citizens -- our kids. Such is the frontier upon which we are about to enter -- illicit and harmful narcotics disguised as medical marijuana. The Coconut Creek Police Department will continue to vigorously and aggressively combat illicit drug use and trafficking in our community."

Coconut Creek police warn the public that marijuana-infused candies can be a risk to their health, and parents are urged to pay extra attention to any unusual candies they find in their children's possession.