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Flakka disguised as candy found in Miami-Dade

Police in Miami-Dade County have made a disturbing discovery during a narcotics investigation.

Two Ziploc bags containing individually wrapped gummy-type candies were seized. Upon testing, Miami-Dade Police forensic specialists discovered that the "candy" contained a street drug similar to Flakka.

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According to a "Community Safety Alert" from the department, they routinely find controlled substances disguised as candy, but this is the first time candy contained a synthetic drug.

The candy was described as "extremely sticky, approximately 1.5x1.0 inches and contained pieces with irregularly formed shapes."

The use of designer drugs like Flakka have become more popular recently , due in part to their low cost.

A dose can cost as little as $5 and users can be up for days with intense, often psychotic, behavior.

Flakka has been particularly problematic in South Florida, and many cities are trying to get it off the streets . Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has described it as the "$5 insanity drug."

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