By Mary Lowers
The peaceful community spirit of the Feel Free Ministry’s weekly Saturday meal was shattered April 13 when a dessert laced with marijuana was unknowingly consumed by adults and children at the event. The Saturday meal offering food, community and music have been held for over a year at the Little Shepperd Parish Hall in Crestone without incident.
People who consumed the laced crumble topped dessert said it did not taste of pot but they felt high and disoriented soon after eating it. Two young children ate the dessert in question and one was airlifted to the eastern slope for treatment due to the high levels of pot in the child’s system. Both children have recovered. The adults who were dosed seem to be ok too.
Saguache County Sheriff Dan Warwick is investigating the incident and he told me, “We have strong, solid leads” as to the source of the tainted dessert. The sheriff strongly encourages the party or parties responsible for bringing the dish to the community meal to “turn themselves in before a warrant for their arrest is issued.” The charges for this crime could include first degree assault, a felony charge, and contributing to the delinquency of minors. Sheriff Warwick wants the responsible people to know coming clean to his office as soon as possible will let law enforcement know the party responsible is sorry and is taking responsibility for their actions whether they were intentional or no. Coming forward will positively effect charges, incarceration time, and legal action.
As of now the Drug Enforcement Administration and Colorado Bureau of Investigation have not been called into the investigation. If you have information or would like to talk with law enforcement about this incident call the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office at 719 655 2525. As of now we do not know if the Saturday community meals will continue. The Eagle will continue to cover this story as it unfolds.