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Deputies bust 19-year-old for selling pot-spiked cereal treats

Jackson County sheriff's deputies seized 16 bags of pot-spiked cereal treats at a popular park. (Jackson County Sheriff's Department)

JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. (KATU) - Deputies in Mississippi confiscated a haul of tainted treats Wednesday - in the form of a popular breakfast item.

Jackson County sheriff's deputies seized 16 bags of "marijuana-infused cereal treats" at a popular park. They say 19-year-old Deshea Johnson, of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, was trying to sell the drugs to three juveniles.

The humor of the bust wasn't lost on deputies, but they see the potential danger.

"What if one of these juveniles took something and what if a 2- or 3-year-old child picked up that Rice Krispie treat? What do you got now? You've got a serious problem," Sheriff Mike Ezell said.

He added, "We want parents to know this stuff is making the rounds and they need to be aware of it."

Deputies say they're seeing an uptick in drug-related crimes in the area. The park where these bags were taken is popular with residents for its scenery and water access. But in the last six months, police have come out to the park and made arrests about half a dozen times.

Johnson was charged with one count of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and is being held at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center.

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