In ‘every parent’s worst nightmare’, Florida ‘candy lady’ sold kids drug-infused Treats: Investigators

According to police, a Florida lady is accused of trafficking drug-infused items disguised as candy to children in her neighborhood and even handling fentanyl while holding her infant.

According to a news release issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Friday, Renee Stephens, 32, of Tampa, is accused of selling individually packed nibbles of marijuana-infused items that resemble children’s candies. According to investigators, Stephens was known as the “candy lady.”

“The drug-infused candy this suspect was reportedly selling to children is every parent’s worst nightmare,” FDLE Tampa Bay Special Agent in Charge Mark Brutnell stated.

Authorities began looking into Stephens in August after receiving a tip about her alleged drug-trafficking activities. Agents claimed they bought drugs from Stephens over a three-month period and saw her cradling her kid while handling fentanyl, a strong and possibly lethal opiate.

According to investigators, the agents purchased pills containing 58 grams of fentanyl.

In ‘every parent’s worst nightmare’, Florida ‘candy lady’ sold kids drug-infused Treats: Investigators

Investigators claim they seized 153 grams of fentanyl, 100 fentanyl pills, marijuana, and 63 individually packed treats loaded with marijuana and simulating famous cuisines during a search of Stephens’ house on Monday. The treats are intended to look like Doritos, Fritos, and Oreos, according to photos given by law authorities.

According to the news release, investigators discovered that Stephens’s incarcerated husband, Vincent E. Stephens, was assisting her in facilitating the narcotics trades.

“It is unconscionable that a mother would have this poison near her baby and then sell it to others,” Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said. “I am thankful for our law enforcement partners for seizing the lethal amounts of fentanyl in this case, enough to kill nearly 80,000 people.”

Stephens was still being held at the Hillsborough County Jail on a $92,000 bond Friday night. It’s unclear whether she has an attorney.

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