By Sue Ella Deadwyler
“This dude set everything up as a business, targeting high school kids.”
– A Fulton County School Parent
Menu for the Week, July 2016
Cookies and cream cake jars 10 left
Brownie jars 8 left
Red velvet jar 1 left
Fruity pebbles treats 11 left
Og Brownie 5 left – 1 for 10, 2 for 15
Addea Simmons, 19-year-old baker, marketer, and seller, living with his parents, used a Trill Treats Instagram page to market THC-laced edibles for $100. Personal delivery is $5 more.
Simmons uses his Instagram page to ask students for their high school name, and receives notes such as this, “You need more people selling at Westlake. One person keep (sic) selling out in the morning.” To that he replied, “I have two more people** up there beside the one girl.”
Last summer a group of metro teenagers attended a Sweet 16 birthday sleepover at a Cobb County hotel. Parents in the next room served as chaperons. A parent reported that, after midnight, one of the girls began hallucinating “having little fits,” kind of scratching herself. Paramedics said the 16-year-old was having seizures and rushed her to the emergency room, where she recovered.
The kids had ordered $100 worth of pot-infused snacks online from Trill Treats and had them delivered directly to the hotel. One of the parents said, “They had 10 of these containers and there wasn’t a morsel left.”
After alerting law enforcement about their plan, a member of the FOX 5 I-Team became a Trill Treats Instagram follower and placed an order to be delivered to them in a Douglasville shopping center parking lot. Simmons made the delivery and explained, “I started in high school doing this. So, when I graduated people knew about it and I kept people selling for me.”
The FOX I-Team bought 12 homemade brownies from Simmons and took them to Salvus Labs that brought in Clinical Lab Consulting. Reportedly, the brownies were laced with high- potency THC, at least three times the accepted dosage in pot-legal states like Colorado.
Result: Two months later, Douglasville police and Fulton County police conducted their own sting, since Simmons lives in Fairburn. Simmons is now in jail, held without bond and faces three felony counts in Douglas County and two in Fulton County, where he’s charged with two counts of selling a Schedule 1 controlled substance containing pure THC. Fulton County seized boxes of baking items and over a dozen crock pots from the family residence.
*Schools mentioned in these articles: Westlake, Banneker, Heritage High, Edwards Middle, Rockdale County.
**The “people” he referenced are high school students.