HERCULES (CBS SF) — A parent in Hercules made a startling discovery Monday when he found a small bag of methamphetamine among his daughter’s Halloween candy, a police sergeant said.

Police said the father reported finding the drugs this morning while going through the bag of candy collected by his 8-year-old daughter while trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

The father reported that he had taken his daughter trick-or-treating Friday night in the city’s Promenade community, an area near the San Pablo Bay comprised of Sycamore and Railroad avenues, Promenade, Earnest, Main and Park streets and Taraya Terrace.

Police said the man gave a responding officer the small Ziploc plastic bag, which contained a white powdery substance. The substance later tested positive for containing meth and weighed about 0.1 grams without packaging, according to police.

Even without testing it, police were pretty sure about what they had.

“Pretty instantly, I mean it’s something we see a lot, methamphetamine,” Sergeant Ezra Tafesse said.

Hercules police are asking for help and encouraging parents to check their children’s bags of Halloween candy for any illegal substances.

“It wouldn’t be easy for us to try to locate the person who did this unless we had a little bit more to go on,” Tafesse said.

If any suspected drugs are found, citizens are asked to call Hercules police at (510) 799-8260 or Pinole-Hercules police dispatch at (510) 724-1111.











Dad finds bag of meth among child’s Halloween candy

HERCULES, Calif. (KGO) — A bag of meth was thrown into an 8-year-old’s candy bag, it sounds like a Halloween hoax, but it really happened. Residents are shocked that something like this could happen in their neighborhood. The little girl was trick-or-treating in the Promenade area of Hercules on Halloween.

“I think this is a good community, so that’s a surprise,” said Norman Santos, Promenade neighbor.

It’s hard for these people to believe that one of their neighbors may have slipped some crystal meth into a child’s Halloween bag.

“I think that’s sick, that person is so sick,” said David Pel, Promenade neighbor.

While examining his 8-year old daughter’s candy, Hercules police say a man reported the discovery of a small, pink, plastic bag. It tested positive for methamphetamine.

“I know it can happen in any social, economic area. So as much as I would like to deny that it’s not happening here, I can’t put my finger on it,” said Maureen Albritton, Promenade neighbor.

The pink packet contained only a tenth of a gram.

“A tenth of a gram is enough for felony charges filed for possession of a controlled substance,” said Hercules Police Department Sgt. Ezra Tafesse.

Police don’t know if the drugs were intentionally or accidentally dropped in the child’s Halloween bag.

“It’s not somebody vicious in this neighborhood. It’s somebody who was stupid and made a mistake, or the child picked up the wrong bag,” said Susan Keeffe, Promenade neighbor.

Police say it’s difficult to fingerprint evidence this small after so many people have handled it. That’s why they’re not actively pursuing the perpetrator. At most, they want parents to check their child’s candy carefully.