A US police department has issued a warning to parents after ecstasy tablets in the shape of Spongebob Squarepants characters was seized on Tuesday local time.
Massachusetts Police found the colourful drugs during the arrest of 22-year-old Luisceito Cruz-Dubois, who was wanted for multiple charges.
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Cruz-Dubois was in possession of 1.9 grams of suspected crack cocaine and 54 MDMA pills at the time of his arrest, according to a statement released by Fall River Massachusetts Police Department.
He was charged with two counts of possession to distribute a Class B substance. Both of these substances fall within the category of Class A controlled drugs in New Zealand.
The MDMA found in Cruz-Dubois's possession was shaped in the form of cartoon characters from the Nickelodeon show Spongebob Squarepants. The characters included Spongebob, Patrick Star and Squidward, as well as a Ferrari-style emblem.
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Detective John Robinson of the Fall River police told parents they should keep an eye out for these lolly-type drugs.
"Parents, guardians and caretakers should be on the lookout for these as school starts and Halloween is fast approaching," he wrote in a statement on Wednesday, local time.
"Anyone coming in contact with this or similar items should stop handling it and contact police."