A California man was arrested Sunday after giving a female coworker a chocolate bar laced with THC without telling her. CBS Los Angeles identified the man as Duong Che of Rosemead. A search warrant executed on the suspect’s home also revealed possible drug dealing.
According to ABC 7, the 36-year-old Che gave the 20-year-old woman a candy bar on March 12 at the restaurant in Thousand Oaks, California, where they both worked. In a press release, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said, “Unknown to the victim, the chocolate bar was a cannabis edible with a dosage of THC.” THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive component found in marijuana, which causes its euphoric side effects. Not realizing that she had ingested the drug, the victim was alarmed when she began to experience shortness of breath, confusion and disorientation, and was taken by a family member to a nearby medical facility.
Deputies were first called to the restaurant on suspicion of poisoning, and detectives then took over the investigation. After obtaining a search warrant, police found a cannabis chocolate bar edible, 70 ecstasy pills and over $600 cash in Che's car. A further search of his home resulted in the discovery of over $4,300 in cash, which they believe are proceeds from illegal drug sales. Che was arrested on suspicion of poisoning, as well as possession for sales of a controlled substance. His motive for dosing his coworker was not immediately apparent. His bail was set at $70,000, which he posted, and is next due in court appearance on April 27.
[Photo: Ventura County Sheriff's Department]