Bedford police are warning parents and the public about "ecstasy" tablets made to look like children's vitamins in the shape of the popular cartoon characters Bart Simpson and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
More than a dozen ecstasy tablets shaped like children's vitamins were confiscated during a traffic stop March 4 in the 2600 block of Forest Ridge Drive in Bedford, police said.
Hidden under the seat, officers found the tablets that were made to resemble children's chewable vitamins or candies, stamped with the Transformers logo, Ninja Turtle heads and Bart Simpson's face, said Bedford Police Lt. Kirk Roberts.
The vehicle had been stopped for an expired inspection sticker, police said. The driver, James Avery, 20, was accused of possession of marijuana and outstanding warrants. Tommy McGrue, 22, was accused of possession of a controlled substance and outstanding traffic warrants
Both men posted bail and were transferred to other agencies where they had outstanding warrants, Roberts said.
Police are concerned that the vitamin-shaped drugs could deceive children, parents, school officials and police, Roberts said.
"If I had seen these 15 or 20 years ago, I would have just throught they were vitamins or candy," he said.
The drugs are being tested for their chemical makeup. A field test revealed that the tablets did contain MDMA, the main ingredient in ecstasy, Roberts said.