Mt. Carmel police were alerted Friday a 17 year old female juvenile was being treated for a possible drug overdose. Police were told that the girl had ingested a narcotic in the form of a gummy bear candy.
Police identified a 16 year old male juvenile who had provided the candy. He was also treated for ingesting the drug and was charged with possession of a controlled substance and released to the custody of his guardian.
Police also arrested 18 year old Jacob E. Molstad of Mt. Carmel as a result of the investigation. Molstad was stopped at the intersection of 9th and Market Streets and taken into custody. Officers also found prescription pills in the vehicle.
Molstad was transported to the Wabash County Jail, and is being held without bond pending a court hearing.
The laced gummy bears have been sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab to determine what drug they contained.
NOTE: At this time we have no reason to believe this is the drug commonly referred to as FLAKKA as reported in social media. Further testing is needed to confirm the actual drug used in making these gummies. This investigation is ongoing and more arrests could be made.
The Mt. Carmel Police Department takes these complaints serious as does District 348. We encourage parents to look through their student’s book bags, phones, and tablets. The Fourth Amendment doesn’t apply to parents but it does apply to the police. Also, if a student has a tip on narcotics or any other illegal activities at the Mt. Carmel High School please text the tip line at 262-237-8472. Individuals can also call CRIMESTOPPERS at 262-HALT.