An internet message warning about a new kind of methamphetamine drug has apparently made its way to the Cayman Islands.
But Royal Cayman Islands Police officials said, as far as they are aware, only the message has arrived here…not the drug itself.
The e-mail, which has been circulated among at least two elementary schools on Grand Cayman, asks parents and guardians of students to be informed about a drug known as ‘strawberry quick’ or ‘strawberry meth.’
The message states that this type of crystal methamphetamine (also known as speed) looks like strawberry pop rocks, the candy that sizzles and pops in the mouth. According to the message, the drug smells like strawberry and looks like candy. Other flavours of the drug are also known to exist in the United States.
The e-mail contains two pictures of what the drugs look like, and urges parents to advise children not to take any candy from people they do not know. The origin of the message could not be determined.
An RCIPS spokesperson said the police service was aware of the Internet message, but said that it has nothing to suggest crystal methamphetamine is in Cayman at all, much less in schools.
The principals of Red Bay Primary School and John Cumber Primary School in West Bay said they had also received the message through concerned parents.
Red Bay Principal Vickie Frederick said the message was distributed via that school’s parent-teacher association. Ms Frederick said she believed the message was about a drug in the US, not in Cayman.
John Cumber Principal Joseph Wallace said two parents had sent him the exact same e-mail about the ‘meth candy’ and that the message had been distributed among the school’s staff.
‘There’s no evidence of (the drug) here,’ Mr. Wallace said.
The first US law enforcement agency known to have found ‘strawberry meth’ was the Nevada Department of Public Safety, according to a May 2007 Associated Press article. Investigators in Nevada believed the candy-like packaging they found was an attempt to market the drug to new users who might not like the bitter taste of methamphetamine when it’s ingested.
Since the January 2007 discovery by Nevada authorities, this type of packaging for methamphetamine has been reported in Missouri, Texas, Washington state and Wisconsin. Officials with the Drug Enforcement Administration stated at the time that the new drug packaging was not a national phenomenon.
US investigators said that while the drug certainly appears to be candy, there is some dispute as to whether it can actually be flavoured to smell or taste like candy.
American authorities said it’s not unusual for methamphetamine to be disguised in variety of ways including; in candies, drinks, even lollipops.