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Man Arrested After Distributing Drugged Candy At Festival

BUTLER, OH (CelebrityAccess) — A Michigan man has been arrested after more than two dozen festival attendees became ill after eating THC-laced candies at an event in Northeastern Ohio.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Matthew Gross, 28, of Ypsilanti, was arrested in connection with the incident and will likely face felony charges of drug trafficking and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Police launched the investigation after 24 people attending the EST Fest Music Festival at Ohio Dreams Actions Sports Summer Camp became ill after consuming candy packets containing THC. The people were transported to local area hospitals and treated.

According to the Plain Dealer, a woman claimed to have seen a man later identified as Gross passing the candy out and tossing it into the crowd. Police described the candy as 100mg prescription 'medibles' called Nerd Ropes that included a Michigan doctor's name on it, the Plain Dealer reported.

After Gross was identified and searched, more of the candy was found on his person, police said.- Staff Writers