SIKESTON - What looks like a sweet treat could pose a potential hazard to children.
According to reports received by the Sikeston Department of Public Safety from North Little Rock, Ark., suckers were being given to middle school-aged children in the shapes of maple leaves, pumpkins and Santa Claus.
"These suckers are laced with three different types of very strong hallucinogenic drugs that are strong enough to kill a child or teenager," DPS Director Drew Juden said. He added that apparently some have turned up in Memphis, Tenn., and as close as Blytheville, Ark.
"While this information is somewhat vague, this is about all we have at this time," he noted. "We want parents to be aware, especially with the holiday season approaching.
"Parents should caution their children about accepting candy from strangers or people who just show up or hang around schools offering them any type of candy."