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“Cookie Man” Gives Parishioners a Special Treat after Church
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Summary: Usually greeted at the end of church with baked goodies, parishioners got a little extra treat with these special chocolate chip cookies.

There is nothing quite like going to church and getting high on cookies. Parishioners of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Bloomington, Indiana had quite the experience last year when a 74-year-old member baked up some chocolate chip cookies laced with hash oil.


Police have finally charged Brian Jones with the misdemeanor charges of criminal recklessness and possession of hash oil. Jones pleaded not guilty to the charges and will face the pretrial conference on February 28 in Monroe Circuit Court.

Police were notified of the incident when seven fellow parishioners became sick soon after consuming the cookies Jones lovingly baked in his home. He handed out the treats at the end of the 9:15 AM Sunday service. The seven individuals were treated in the emergency room of the Bloomington hospital with symptoms of lethargy, anxiety, nausea, elevated blood pressure, and paranoia.

One victim ate an entire cookie and told police that he was “having a stroke” and “life he was dying.” The victim recently underwent surgery for a triple bypass so he was very concerned that the event was “going to adversely affect his heart.”

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Each victim confirmed that they had consumed one of Jones’s chocolate chip cookies. Parishioner Heather Weatherbee noted to police that Jones was late for services that Sunday, something that was unusual for him. Once he arrived to church, he was “walking all over the aisle” as if he was “intoxicated or under the influence of some substance.”

During police questioning, Jones denied any knowledge of any illegal substances in the cookies. A search warrant of his home revealed nine capsules of hash oil inside a pill contained in the bedroom where Jones sleeps.

Jones has been given the nickname “Cookie Man” by those that know him. He would often spend the night before church staying up late baking either cookies or brownies to hand out. In 2014, one of his kids posted on Facebook a picture of Jones holding a tray of cookies with the caption, “At the Jones house, you are greeted with a fresh batch of cookies when you arrive. They call my dad ‘the cookie man.’”

Do you think Jones could have mistaken hash oil for vanilla? Tell us in the comments below.

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