A woman getting married in Florida and her caterer have found themselves in serious trouble after authorities say they may have served food and drink containing cannabis to wedding guests.
The bride, a 42-year-old woman named Danya Glenny, and the catering manager, Joycelyn Bryant, 31, have both been charged with cannabis delivery, tampering and culpable negligence. Many of the attendees at Glenny’s wedding said they felt sick after possibly eating grass-containing food at the venue.
As stated in court documents, authorities attended the wedding venue of Danya Svoboda and her husband, Andrew Svoboda, after a number of their guests called emergency services claiming to be unwell .
The medical ramifications
The groom’s uncle, Douglas Postma, told speakers that after eating the Caesar salad, pasta and bread, he began to notice that his heart was starting to race and he was starting to have ideas strange.
The groom’s uncle’s statement turned out to be similar to that of other attendees at the ceremony, which was held in Longwood, a town just north of Orlando.
Postma’s wife even struggled, and as a result, she had to be admitted to a hospital where THC, the main psychoactive component of cannabis, was found in her blood.
After eating the bread with olive oil, Miranda Cady, who is a friend of the bride, said she felt like her heart was going to stop.
She asked the caterer, Joycelyn Bryant, if cannabis had been added to the food served. And the caterer replied: “Yes”.
According to Cady’s statement to investigators, the bride also confessed that the meal was spiked with weed and seemed happy with her stuffing.
Several people at the scene complained of vomiting and stomach pain, but the SCFD treated them medically and said they did not need to be assessed further.
Law enforcement on site
According to affidavits submitted by the officers, they were summoned to Longwood at the Springs Clubhouse on February 19 at around 9 p.m. to assist the local fire department with a medical emergency. At the scene, officers discovered a wedding party of possibly 30-40 people, while one of the officers claimed there could have been up to 50 people present.
According to the affidavits, one of the first attendees to complain informed Seminole County Fire Department that he “felt weird,” like he “had narcotics in him.” He also requested an ambulance to take him to a nearby hospital.
Some of the guests felt so sick that they went to the hospital, where they tested positive for THC. Other guests said they felt heavily drugged and were not told, according to an investor affidavit. One participant said he experienced difficulty using a cell phone, and another thought she might die, the sheriff’s investigator wrote.
According to the affidavit, the following day, one of those present told an investigator that she had felt stoned on the wedding day and asked the bride if there was marijuana in the food. The bride replied “Yes” and smiled.
Food collected from the scene later tested positive for THC, according to the affidavit.
Deputies also questioned the groom and bride, asking if they had allowed the meal to be mixed with cannabis after learning that some of the attendees and a security guard suspected food or drink was to blame.
One of the officers wrote in a report that after asking the groom if he had participated in the lacing of the food with cannabis, he responded by stuttering a “no” after looking at him with a blank expression.
Officers then attempted to locate Bryant, but she had already left the scene, along with the rest of the catering staff. The bride, Danya Glenny, and caterer, Joyceln Bryant, visited on Monday, according to booking reports provided by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office collected several dishes and food samples from the front desk for testing. Used wine and beer glasses, lasagna, pastries, brownies, chocolate-covered strawberries and pudding treats were among the items confiscated by deputies.
According to police reports provided by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, the bride and her caterer were booked Monday, but are not currently in police custody. A spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office said that while Danya Glenny and Joyceln Bryant were arrested this week, a charging decision has not yet been issued by the prosecutor’s office.
Florida’s Anti-Tampering Law
What if you’re charged in Florida with smuggling food or drugs? Many of these offenses involve licking or spitting into someone’s food or introducing a foreign substance into a consumer product in some way. The law regulates the falsification of food and various types of devices, drugs or cosmetics.
These crimes are frequently investigated by law enforcement officers from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or local law enforcement agencies. The crime could be prosecuted under Florida Statute Section 501.001, often known as the Florida Anti-Tampering Act. However, such cases are rare.
The wording of the law was poorly drafted and does not reflect anti-food adulteration law at the federal level, which is one of the reasons the laws are rarely invoked. The penalties imposed by Florida law are also much more severe than those imposed by federal law.
Further, the phrases employed in Florida’s anti-tampering laws are extremely vague, raising constitutional concerns from criminal defense attorneys.
Both the bride and the caterer are charged with negligence and violating state laws against tampering with food and marijuana.
This could result in serious jail time, as Florida consumer product tampering charges carry a sentence of up to 30 years in prison under section 501.001 of the act, a.775.082 or s.775.083.
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