Michigan man arrested for handing out drug-laced candy at Ohio music festival

Deputies were able to locate Matthew Lee Gross, 28, with help from witnesses at the concert. (Source: Richland County SO)

RICHLAND COUNTY, OH (WCMH) — A Michigan resident is facing felony drug trafficking charges after distributing small candy packets that tested positive for THC at an Ohio music festival.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Office confirms they arrested Matthew Lee Gross, 28.

Matthew Lee Gross, 28 (Source: Richland County SO)

Two dozen concertgoers suffered medical symptoms Saturday after they ate candy laced with a drug found in marijuana. The packaging on the product included an RX emblem with contents similar to nerd ropes.

No fatalities were reported at the Ohio Dreams sports camp complex in Butler, about 60 miles northeast of Columbus, where the weekend-long EST 2016 rap music festival was being held. The concert was dubbed “The Last Weekend on Earth.”

Court documents state deputies in the crowd were able to locate Gross with help from witnesses at the concert. Deputies also found a bag with drug paraphernalia and the same marked packet with candy in it.

Maj. Joe Masi of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department told the Mansfield News Journal that each piece had “a very, very high dose of THC,” the chemical that gives marijuana its mind-altering effects. Only one or two candies would get a user high, but some people were eating whole packages, officials said.

THC is a mind-altering drug found in the cannabis plant.

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