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Cass County inmate suspected of dealing acid-laced candy

FARGO—An inmate at the Cass County Jail is suspected of selling LSD-laced Jolly Ranchers to his fellow inmates.

The investigation was revealed in a search warrant affidavit filed Wednesday in Cass County District Court. A Cass County Sheriff's Office detective successfully sought a search warrant from a judge to perform X-rays of the inmate, who hasn't yet been charged in connection with allegations.

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead did not identify the inmate because he hasn't been charged.

An informant reported to jail officials last Friday that an inmate had been selling tabs of acid affixed on Jolly Rancher hard candies to other inmates, exchanging them for $15 worth of commissary items per candy.

The informant claimed the same inmate also had heroin, meth and marijuana hidden in his body, referring to the manner in which the drugs were concealed as a "Prison Pocket," investigators said in the search warrant application.

Jailers searched the inmate's cell and discovered a bag with Jolly Ranchers in it, eight of which investigators allege had doses of acid on them. The search also turned up nitrile gloves investigators believe could have been used to apply the tabs of LSD to the candy without the drug being absorbed into the inmate's skin, the affidavit states.

The inmate was also searched, and while jailers found several Jolly Rancher candies in his shirt pocket, there were no narcotics found on or in him, the search warrant says.

When jailers asked him if he had anything else, the inmate replied, "What I had was what I had."

However, the search warrant says, the inmate informed the jailers it would take more on the part of law enforcement to reveal the hiding spot of the inmate's additional contraband.

An X-ray performed that same day on the inmate at Sanford Medical Center Emergency Room revealed nothing, according to court records.

It's the latest in a string of drug smuggling cases inside the Cass County Jail in recent years, including a November 2013 incident in which five women were charged after jail staff conducted drug tests on the jail's entire female population.