A Troy man has found an innovative way to pedal his drugs, and members of the Troy Police Department are extremely concerned.

A Troy man, 20-year-old Landers Burton, was arrested at 1:45 p.m. at the intersection of Middleburgh and 9th Streets on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Members of the Troy Police Department say that Mr. Landers used candy paper wrappings to conceal his drugs.

According to CBS 6, Troy police officers say that members of the Department’s Special Operations Section, better known as the Narcotics Squad, conducted an investigation and the investigation revealed bags of candy with crack cocaine, fentanyl, and cash hidden inside of the candy wrappers.

Daniel DeWolf, the Deputy Chief of Police, calls this a very disturbing offense. He said, “It is disturbing that candy was used as a vessel for hiding drugs. Had a child found this candy and ingested the contents, the outcome could have been tragic. Thankfully these drugs were taken off the street and the person responsible in custody. Great police work.”

Although it is true that Mr. Burton used a creative way to conceal his crime, it was extremely reckless. On this one I have to agree with the police. Innocent looking candy wrappers could attract innocent children. Halloween is only a few weeks away, and even though this year will be very different from previous years, children are still children. If a child had found the drugs concealed in candy wrappers, the outcome would have probably been fatal.

In addition to the crack cocaine, a small amount of fentanyl, as well as $2800 in cash was confiscated. Mr. Burton has been charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, which is a class B felony offense. He was taken to the police station and held for arraignment.

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