Menominee Tribe sets up candy disposal sites after meth discovery

KESHENA, Wis. (WBAY) - Menominee Tribal Police say a small package of meth was found with a child's Halloween candy following a trick-or-treating event in Keshena.

Around 2:30 Monday morning, officers say a parent turned in a small yellow package that contained a crystal powder. Officers say the powder tested positive for methamphetamine.

The child did not ingest the drugs. Police said Monday that they are looking into how the drugs got into the child's candy bag, and whether it was accidental or intentional.

Click here to watch a news conference held by tribal and law enforcement officials.

Police believe it happened Sunday during a Halloween event in the downtown area of Keshena on the Menominee Indian Reservation.

Police are urging parents to dispose of any candy collected during Sunday's trick-or-treat event, as well as trick-or-treat bags. They say this appears to be an isolated incident, but are concerned about the danger of a child being exposed to meth.

"It is a Ziploc bag. Unfortunately Ziploc baggies can open up, we don't know if there's more out there. Right now this is an isolated incident, but if there was more out there, if it does get through the Ziploc baggies and kids are touching this candy, that can be very dangerous to them. Even the parents," says Joshua Lawe, Menominee Tribal Police detective.

The Menominee Tribal Conservation Department has set up two sites at which parents can drop off candy and trick-or-treat bags:

Keshena Veterans Park: Monday, 1-5 p.m.; Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Neopit Fire Station: Monday, 1-5 p.m.; Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The community has come together offer children a second chance at trick-or-treating.The College of Menominee Nation, local businesses, and the Menominee Tribe are coming together to host a trick-or-treat event on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the College of Menominee Nation campus during those hours. They do not need to be wearing a costume. Everything will be provided.

Police say they've made strides in combating a synthetic marijuana problem in the community, but meth has emerged as the new problem.

"Kind of ironic at the time here, because yesterday was a real good day. We had a sacred fire keeping walk yesterday afternoon that we took care of. After that was done we had the trick-or-treat event take place in our community. So it was kind of ironic that this happened at the same time we're trying to do some prevention, things that bring our community together because of problems that we're facing with the drug issues," says Menominee Tribal Police Chief Mark Waukau.

Keshena Primary School posted on Facebook that no student will be allowed to bring candy or treats to school on Oct. 31 for the school's Halloween parties. The school will provide treats for students.

If you find anything suspicious in your child's candy, contact the Menominee Tribal Police Department at 715-799-3881, or your local authorities.

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