Upper Arlington Police Bust Men Allegedly Making Xanax 'Gummies'


UPDATED: Wednesday March 13, 2013 6:30 PM

Police discovered a drug lab in an Upper Arlington home this week.

Two men were arrested for allegedly making drugs inside of an apartment.

According to Upper Arlington police, officers and members of the Franklin County Drug Task Force responded to a report of a strong chemical smell coming from a residence.

Police said that officers went inside of the house, located in the 1800 block of Ridgecliff Road, and found lab equipment, drug ledgers and drugs thought to be morphine and Xanax powder.

The officers said that their investigation indicated that the Xanax power was diluted and injected into gum drops. The gum drops are then sold as "gummies" or "gum drops."

"The individual was taking morphine and melting it down into  synthetic heroine and then he  was also taking Xanax powder liquefying it and then coating it or injecting into a candy or gummie that kids would enjoy, said Det. Keith Hall of the Upper Arlington Division of Police.

Xanax is commonly used to treat depression, anxiety and panic disorders.

Trent Starr, 24, of Upper Arlington was charged with one count of illegal manufacturing of drugs, and Charles Stewart, 21, of Dublin was arrested for one count of possession of drug abuse instruments.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

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