GAHANNA, Ohio (WCMH)–Gahanna Police say several students at Gahanna Lincoln High School ate candy laced with hash oil Wednesday and went to the nurse’s office.
Police said that on Feb. 3, school resource officers at Gahanna Lincoln were notified that three students had arrived at the nurse’s office.
The students complained of general nausea and accelerated heart rates. One of the students’ heart rate exceeded 200 beats per minute, police say.
One of the students admitted to having consumed a hard candy, in the style of a Jolly Rancher, which was believed to have been laced with an unknown substance. The student had one of the remaining candies, which was a small orange cube. Two of these students were transported to Nationwide Children’s Hospital by EMS personnel for treatment.
Gahanna Police detectives and school resource officers learned, through several interviews, that the candy had allegedly been sold in the school. The candies were distributed for between $2 and $5 per piece over the course of the last week, and had supposedly been sold by students.
According to the interviewed students, their source for the candy was allegedly 18-year-old Briana M. Hudson of Dowitcher Lane in Columbus. Hudson’s boyfriend, 31-year-old George Dailey III, was said to be involved.
Detectives applied for a warrant to search the Dowitcher Lane residence. This warrant was presented to and signed by Judge Cindi Morehart at 1:07 a.m. on Feb. 4.
Shortly after 7 a.m. that day, detectives executed the search warrant. Dailey and Hudson were inside.
During the subsequent search, police say, detectives located approximately 300 unit doses of the homemade candy, several containers of suspected hash oil and other paraphernalia. A large box containing hundreds of Jolly Rancher candies, in their original wrappers, was also found. Hudson and Dailey were arrested.
During the course of interviews conducted with Dailey and Hudson, they admitted to manufacturing the candy at the home using hash oil and melted Jolly Ranchers. The candies had also been coated with powdered sugar.
Hudson and Dailey were charged with possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs and corrupting another with drugs.
Additional charges will be referred to the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office for presentation to the grand jury. Police say the seized items in this case will be sent to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation for positive identification.