A man from New York, who was arrested by Mentor Police, admitted to making and selling drug-laced gummy candies.
Arkady Koroshikh, 27, pleaded guilty to charges of drug trafficking and drug possession Thursday morning in Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci's courtroom.
Lucci will sentence Koroshikh on March 4.
Koroshikh -- who is from Brooklyn, NY -- and his two codefendants, Michal Nemcok and Eric Kenny, were arrested on June 19.
A Mentor policeman saw Kenny speeding on Mentor Avenue shortly after midnight and stopped him in the parking lot of a gas station.
The officer smelled alcohol on Kenny's breath and arrested him on suspicion of driving drunk, Mentor Police Lt. Tim Allen said at the time of Kenny's arrest. Kenny later admitted to driving while high on marijuana.
While searching the car, police found several drugs, drug ingredients and paraphernalia, police said, including:
- several tablets of Ecstasy (MDMA)
- chemical powders including methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) -- a stimulant that is sometimes used as a recreational drug
- four grams of marijuana
- two pipes
- four digital scales
- two hand grinders
- molds to make gummy bears
- 60 gummy bears
Prosecutors said the powders and molds were used to make drug-laced candies.
Kenny has . He is scheduld to be sentenced March 4.
Nemcok, 24, of Selden, NY, has been indicted on charges of drug trafficking and possession. His trial is scheduled to begin March 11 in Lucci's court.