St Ann man named as person of interest in sale of ‘ganja sweets’ to students
Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson

The police have named a St Ann man as a person of interest in relation to the sale of ganja-laced sweets to students of the Ocho Rios Primary School on Monday.

After consuming the sweets, dozens of students were rushed to hospital with varying symptoms.

The vendor has been identified as Devon Holness of Mansfield Heights, Ocho Rios in St Ann who Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson believes can assist the police in their investigation.

READ: Ganja-laced sweets scare

The commissioner was speaking Tuesday during the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Quarterly Media Briefing.

“We note that just yesterday, we had a situation involving children from the Ocho Rios Primary School in which they were sold cannabis-infused sweets by a vendor in the school environs. This resulted in over 60 students being taken to receive medical attention.

"We believe that a Devon Holness ...may be able to assist in our investigations so we’re asking him to contact the St Ann police as soon as possible,” Anderson said.

A number of students were rushed to the St Ann’s Bay Hospital for treatment after consuming the sweets laced with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a compound found in marijuana.

Up to late evening Monday, seven of them were still hospitalised. But, according to hospital CEO Dennis Morgan, they were in stable condition.

Earlier in the day, the hospital was the scene of chaos as a school bus pulled up with children who could barely stand. Shortly after 5:00 pm, when the Jamaica Observer spoke with Ocho Rios Primary School Principal Suzette Barnes-Wilson, she was concerned about three of the children who were still being treated in the emergency room.

Barnes-Wilson said that the children got sick after consuming the sweets which they reportedly purchased from a vendor who is not known or connected to the school.

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