The bus driver says he didn’t know his gummies contained THC

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – A bus driver has been charged with 38 counts of negligent endangerment after he passed out behind the wheel while eating gummy bears he said he was unaware were laced with THC.

Jinhuan Chen appeared in Bridgeport Superior Court Tuesday after being arrested at his home in Boston.

Chen was driving 38 passengers from the Mohegan Sun Casino on March 13 when he stopped the bus on the Stratford side of Interstate 95. Police said they found Chen unconscious in the driver’s seat next to an open packet of Smokies Edibles Cannabis Infused Fruit Chews.

Toxicology tests showed Chen had high levels of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, in his bloodstream, prosecutors said.

Chen told Judge Ndidi Moses Tuesday he had no idea he ate anything other than regular candy.

“I didn’t know it was marijuana,” Chen said through a Chinese interpreter. according to Hearst Connecticut Media. “I did not know it.”

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Moses ordered Chen held in lieu of $25,000 bail and set his next court date for August 25.

Victor Chen, manager of bus company Go Go Sun Tour, told Hearst that Jinhuan Chen has been driving for the Boston-based company for 10 years and has an exemplary track record.

“He doesn’t drink, he doesn’t smoke, but he has a sweet tooth and likes sweets,” said Victor Chen.

“That would never have happened a few years ago, but now there’s marijuana everywhere,” he added.

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