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November 3, 2016

Press Release, suspicious candy from Derby Line area







CASE#: 16B204158

TROOPER: Mark Pohlman                                                            

STATION: VT State Police Derby               

CONTACT#: (802)334-8881


DATE/TIME: 10/31/2016 at 2121 hours

LOCATION: Derby Vermont

VIOLATION: Suspicious


ACCUSED: Unknown                                                                                     



On 10/31/2016 at 2121 hours the Vermont State Police were contacted by a concerned citizen who lives in Charleston, VT. The caller advised she had returned home from trick or treating with her children in the Town of Derby/Derby Line. After returning home she started the process of sorting her children’s candy and checking it to be sure it was safe for consumption. She said that while doing so she found a reese’s peanut butter cup that she removed from its package and she saw what she thought was a pin hole in the middle of it. She advised that she broke the candy apart to see if she could find anything inside and didn’t. After discarding the first one in the trash she checked the candy in another child’s bag and found another reese’s and opened the package and found what she described as a smile scratched into the peanut butter cup. She advised that both pieces of candy were inside a small bag which was stapled closed. She contacted the Vermont State Police who took the candy for inspection and possible testing. The caller advised the candy came from a residence in Derby Line and that she wasn’t sure which home it came from. At this time the Vermont State Police Derby barracks haven’t received any calls or complaints of injury/illness caused from consuming candy that was believed to be tampered with. The Vermont State Police urge parents and/or guardians to always check what children are consuming.