Marijuana-laced gummies are a growing concern in the south metro

Officials don't want children mistakenly eating a gummy laced with pot.

Lakeville police have made two arrests in the past week involving large amounts of marijuana-laced gummies. 

The latest involved nearly 100 pounds of the drug gummies, which were found in the vehicle of 23-year-old Austin James Hagen.

He has been charged with first-degree controlled substance with intent to sell and second-degree possession of a controlled substance, according to Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom.

Lakeville police pulled Hagen over, noticing a problem with his vehicle on Friday, the county attorney's office said. After getting a whiff of marijuana, the officer found the "candy-like gummies." 

A criminal complaint says the arresting officer found the gummies in eight Tupperware containers, with a combined weight of more than 99 pounds.

Previous to Hagen's arrest, 28-year-old Brian David Hiltner of Eagan was charged after police found more than 50 pounds of marijuana gummies, 200 one-pound plastic vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana, hundreds of containers of "wax," and $26,000 in cash. 

"Gummies and other edibles are of great concern as they are manufactured with varying levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana," Backstrom said.

"When products are shaped like candy, there is a not only a greater concern of possible overdose, there is also the concern that children will accidentally ingest them." 

There have been several recent reports of children accidentally ingesting marijuana-laced gummy bears, mistaking them for regular sweets, including this one in New Mexico where a 9-year-old girl shared some with friends.

KARE reports that Hagen has been released on $20,000 bond with his next court date scheduled for March 15. 

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