IU student faces charges of possession in drug case involving Xanax-laced gummy candy

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UPDATE (Feb. 19, 2016)-- Since this story first aired, prosecutors have amended John French's charges. He no longer faces charges of dealing drugs. Instead, French faces charges of possession.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Feb. 17, 2016) -- An Indiana University student has been charged with selling Xanax-laced gummy candy out of his off campus apartment.

Police arrested John French, 20, after an undercover investigation.

In early February, according to court paperwork, an undercover officer bought marijuana from French's roommate and noticed large amounts of cash and drugs. After obtaining a search warrant, IU Police found 3.5 pounds of marijuana, more than $7,000 in cash, plastic packages containing cocaine residue, paraphernalia that included digital scales, and the gummy candy in the apartment on North Morton Street.

In court paperwork, the officer said French's roommate "advised me that it was Xanax sour patch candy and that it belonged to Mr. French."

"It’s not common but we’ve seen similar things before. People get creative in the way that they’re introducing drugs into their body," IU Police Capt. Andy Stephenson said.

This is the second Xanax bust involving an IU student this semester. In January, IU Police arrested a freshman for selling the drug out of his dorm room.

Stephenson said that while the candy is unusual, prescription drug abuse among students has been on the rise, making it a priority for his officers to catch.

"It’s a never ending process and it’s very important. Obviously it’s not just the Indiana University campus, its campuses all over the country where you have this party subculture," Stephenson said.

French bonded out of jail. His roommate, also an IU student, was ultimately not charged in connection with the case.

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