‘Caution is key!’: Rick Scott warns ‘drug cartels’ targeting Halloween candy
Rick Scott. Image via AP.

'Joe Biden's open borders have made it easier than ever.'

A U.S. Senator from Florida is offering a grim warning that Halloween treats may be laden with tricks from transnational “drug cartels.”

Hours before Florida children hit the streets with empty buckets for goodies, Rick Scott is warning that “Joe Biden’s open borders” have opened the portal for Halloween horrors.

“Parents: PLEASE make sure your kids’ candy is safe this Halloween,” Scott tweeted from his official account. “Joe Biden’s open borders have made it easier than ever for drug cartels to target America’s children with rainbow colors and candy-like packaging. Caution is key!”

Though skeptics scoff, the issue is apparently a live one this year. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has warned about so-called “rainbow fentanyl,” an “alarming emerging trend of colorful fentanyl” designed to appeal to “children and young people.” There have been federal indictments on trafficking charges related to this trend.

DEA Administrator Anne Milgram contended, “Rainbow fentanyl — fentanyl pills and powder that come in a variety of bright colors, shapes and sizes — is a deliberate effort by drug traffickers to drive addiction amongst kids and young adults.”

Scott has offered warnings before about corrupted confections, including on a Newsmax hit last week.

Children have to be worried about candy at Halloween,” Scott contended, because of open borders. 

However, the Senator hasn’t been the leading Florida Republican spotlighting this issue this fall. Attorney General Ashley Moody continues to call attention to fentanyl, saying during a press conference last week that its specter makes this “the scariest Halloween in (her) lifetime.”

“It comes in rainbow colors. It can take all shapes or sizes,” Moody warned. “We’re seeing it in pill form. We’re seeing it in ways that could look like sidewalk chalk. We know that it’s being transported in candy packaging: Skittles, Sweet Tarts, Whoppers, Reese’s.”

Moody urged parents to go through “their child’s candy extremely carefully,” even as she allowed that the chances of fentanyl candy were somewhat remote.

“Now, is the likelihood that a child’s going to have fentanyl in their trick-or-treat bag as likely as a child that goes to a party and takes something unwittingly? It’s probably a lower probability that it’s going to be in a trick-or-treat bag,” she conceded. “But we have found in the past illicit substances, highly toxic, dangerous substances in children’s Halloween bags.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Elliott Offen

    October 31, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    This is a common criminal GOP scare tactic that goes way back. Religion and the far right come into play. Just nasty fear mongering BS. Tired old lies. Rick Scott is a charlatan and crook so should we be surprised. Also Ashley Moody jumped on the fentanyl candy bandwagon. These people are not fit for public office.

  • Linwood Wright

    October 31, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    I’ll take “Things that will never, ever, ever happen, but the GOP wants to scare you about” for $1000, Alex.

  • Bill Hicks

    October 31, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    What a jackass. I’m so tired of the fear factor bs. Just like when they say cocaine is laced with fentanyl. Seriously? They have completely opposite effects!
    The cartel isn’t trying to kill their clientele.

  • Ocean Joe

    October 31, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    If Uncle Fester, or a child wearing a Rick Scott costume knocks at your door tonight, don’t open it.

  • marylou

    October 31, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Hope the cartels do weed next year!!!

  • Tjb

    October 31, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Rick, I am more afraid that you will take away my childrens Social Security and Medicare. A bad way to live a horrible life for my children and grandchildren.

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