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Two arrested on charges of distributing drug-laced candy at Boca Ciega High

GULFPORT — The students taken to the hospital Monday from Boca Ciega High School after eating drug-laced gummy worms have all been released and two juveniles are in custody, according to the Gulfport Police Department.

The candies were mixed with THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, said Chief Robert Vincent. One student brought the candies to school and gave them to two other students, who in turn distributed them to four more classmates.

A 15-year-old girl gave the candies to three students and a 16-year-old boy gave them to one student, police said. There's a third arrest pending. The students are not being named because of their ages.

Backstory: Four Boca Ciega High students hospitalized after eating drug-laced gummy candies

Five students ate the candies in all, according to police, and each was later checked out at the hospital. Officials initially reported four students were brought to the hospital Monday.

Authorities learned of the drug-laced gummy worms after two students complained to the school nurse about feeling sick. A school resource officer confiscated one piece of candy. According to police, the gummy worms smelled like marijuana and appeared slick with marijuana oil.

The two students arrested Tuesday are charged with delivering a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, police said. Only the three students who doled out the drug-laced candies will face criminal charges. The other students will be penalized by the school, police said.

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