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Fayette mother allegedly finds heroin in daughter’s trick-or-treat bag


Charleston Gazette-Mail

OAK HILL, W.Va. — Oak Hill police are wondering how a chunk of heroin found its way into a young girl’s candy bag Tuesday night.

Police Chief Mike Whisman said the girl’s mother called police at about 7:30 p.m., shortly after she returned from an evening of trick-or-treating in the Hidden Valley area.

The mother reportedly poured out her daughter’s candy and found an odd package. The tip of a medical glove was used to hold a dark substance, which later tested positive for heroin, Whisman said.

 “It wasn’t a powder that was bouncing around inside the kid’s bag and getting all over the candy,” he said.

State Police will test the substance for confirmation. In the meantime, investigators will retrace the girl’s steps and try to determine where the heroin came from.

Investigators are also unsure whether the girl was a target or the victim of an accident. Judging by the packaging, Whisman said, the heroin may have been for sale and not intended to go into the girl’s bag.

“It wasn’t like it was heroin shot into a candy bar, or the old proverbial razor blade in an apple,” he said.

Hidden Valley, an area in the East End of Oak Hill, attracts hundreds of kids each Halloween. Whisman said thousands of homes create a dream for candy-seekers, and a nightmare for investigators.

“It’s the old adage of trying to find a needle in a haystack,” he said.

Reach Giuseppe Sabella at [email protected], 304-348-5189 or follow @Gsabella on Twitter.

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