‘TARGETING CHILDREN’: Philadelphia man accused of selling THC edibles to kids at schools, their homes

Prosecutors accused a 20-year-old Philadelphia man of selling handmade THC edibles to kids as young as 11 years old in areas such as “middle schools, high schools, parks, and buyers’ homes.”

According to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Quashon Rice transported the drug-laced goodies to “several neighbourhoods in Montgomery County such as Ambler, Bala Cynwyd, Bridgeport, Cheltenham, King of Prussia, Norristown, and Willow Grove.”

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a statement that this suspect was selling narcotics to kids as young as 11 years old, embedding drugs in cereals and snack goods that attract youngsters. He then sold them where kids are: on social media, notably Instagram, where he would exhibit the product and offer step-by-step directions on how the kids could purchase the edibles and have them delivered.

Prosecutors said they began looking into Rice’s suspected activities in early May when a resource officer at East Norriton Middle School investigated an allegation of a “student who had been supplied an edible marijuana snack without his consent and was now unwell.”

According to the attorney’s office, the youngster “had consumed a rainbow-colored Rice Krispy treat” offered by another student who acquired the delicacy from an Instagram account named “top2treats.”

According to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Rice functioned that account and discussed with the student distributor and “multiple other juveniles mentioning specific prices, delivery fees, and a variety of edible THC items offered such as Fruity Pebbles bars, cookies, brownies, Cinnamon Toast Crunch bars, and other types of edibles.”

Following the closure of that account by Instagram, Rice apparently created a new account, this time called “toptreatz4.”

“Diggers discovered from an assessment of the content from March 2022 to May 2022 for both accounts obtained from Instagram that the user of the Instagram accounts aided the sale of drugs to kids at locations such as public middle schools, high schools, public parks, an Urban Air trampoline park, and his juvenile customers’ homes, prosecutors said. Further evidence established that the accused was aware that he was distributing narcotics to youngsters as young as 11 or 12 years old.

Prosecutors allege that after Rice’s June 14 arrest in Philadelphia, officers discovered a “ghost pistol,” supplies to make THC-laced edibles, 40 independently packed delicacies, and about ten packages of marijuana in counterfeit commercial packaging.

On accusations of 19 sales and deliveries in Montgomery County, all but one to juveniles, he faces charges of Solicitation of Minors to Traffic Drugs and Possession With Intent to Deliver. Rice’s bail was set at $95,000 cash, and he is due in court on June 27.

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