Lake County Narcotics Unit raids house where marijuana candy, peanut butter found in freezers

PAINESVILLE, Ohio - Peanut butter, sherbet, butter, peanut butter cup, chocolate and caramel surprise. So much marijuana laced or pot infused food, the Lake County Narcotics Unit confiscated entire freezers from a house in Madison Township.

Agents said 43-year-old Joseph Gerger was a main supplier of the drugs sold at raves or pot festivals on farms in central and southern Ohio.

It's the first time the narcotics unit has ever done a search warrant dealing with marijuana food.

The eight-month investigation ended this week when agents made undercover buys and executed a search warrant.

Not only is the marijuana food illegal, but agents said the food making process was very unsanitary, unhealthy and concerned a child could find the candy and overdose.

Agents said Gerger has been charged with cultivating marijuana and more charges are expected.

Agents took large heat lamps, fertilizers, fans and other materials used for indoor grow operations in recent raids.

The Lake County Narcotics Unit also found t-shirts with the name "Frank's Fudge" printed on them.

Investigators said it was apparently a candy maker alias for the suspect named Joe, who also agents said printed tour posters promoting upcoming events in Canton, Athens and West Virginia where so called "like minded" people who could "advance humanity one edible at a time."

Madison Township Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol helped with the case.

Agents said for every one thousand dollars Gerger made, he kept 80 percent, or $800.

Paying a low level drug dealer 20 percent, or $200.

Frank's Fudge even used social media creating a Facebook page.

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