Bride, Wedding Caterer Charged With Lacing Guests' Food With Cannabis

A bride and a caterer in Florida were charged after allegedly lacing their wedding guests’ food with marijuana in February, according to police.

Body-worn camera footage provided by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office shows units responding to a wedding in Longwood after several people complained of nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. Police said several people were transported to hospital with “symptoms consistent with that of someone who has used illegal drugs,” according to the official affidavit.

Deputy Donald Schwarzman is heard telling the bride, Danya Svoboda, and the groom, Andrew Svoboda, that cannabis was found in the food and asking if either of the two authorized the caterers to lace the dishes.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if people had, like, their own edibles,” the groom tells Schwarzman.

“If people have their own personal, and they’re ingesting it, that’s one thing,” Schwarzman responds. “But if somebody put it in the food for everybody, including minors, or whatever the case might be, then that’s where the problem kind of lies.”

According to an official police affidavit, several guests admitted to feeling “ill,” “stoned” and “high,” before later testing positive for THC at the hospital. Officers collected food items and glassware from the wedding ceremony for testing. One wedding guest said the caterer, Jocelyn Montrinice Bryant, informed her there was cannabis in the food.

Svoboda and Bryant are facing felony charges for violating Florida’s anti-tampering laws, delivery of marijuana, and culpable negligence. Credit: Seminole County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful

Video transcript

- [INAUDIBLE]

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Just give [INAUDIBLE].

- Yes, sir.

- All right.

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Where are they at? Over here?

- Go stay with them while they're here [INAUDIBLE].

- Hey, are you guys with the catering? You guys with catering?

- Yeah, we're just putting stuff away.

- Yeah, don't put anything away yet. You can take that back inside, bud.

- OK.

- We all have been affected somehow--

- OK.

- --by what was put in the food. And--

- Yeah, we're trying to figure out who put it in the food, whether it was a guest or the catering company.

- The bride and groom are right across here.

- That's who we got to talk to. So--

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Thank you. Awesome. I [INAUDIBLE]

- What would you suggest I do?

- Well, I would not drive in your condition. So you'd probably want to take like an Uber [INAUDIBLE].

- How far away are they?

- Bride and groom?

- Yes.

- You're bride and groom?

- Yes, sir.

- OK, a couple questions for you.

- Yes, sir.

- Apparently, supposedly, your food had cannabis inside of it, when your guests eat it. Did you guys authorize that?

- I have no idea.

- I don't-- I just need a yes or no, man. Did you guys authorize it for the catering company to have cannabis placed in the food? Edibles, whatever the case may be?

- No, sir.

- OK. I just need both of your IDs, so your license. Who are you to them?

- He's the band.

- I'm the band. I just have to [INAUDIBLE].

- Band guy. Yeah, that's fine Sort it out. out. I need your IDs, though.

- Yes, sir.

- We have people complaining of being sick and everything else. And--

- Is it everybody, or is it--

- That's a lot of people. At least [INAUDIBLE] three or four people right now.

- Because I just walked our daughter home and came back, and I saw all these trucks here, and I was like, everyone's like, what's going on? What's going on. Some people said a couple of people weren't feeling well or something like that. But--

- Well, the way that we're getting it is that the people think that the food was laced with cannabis. This is what we're trying to figure out if it was. But we're trying to figure out who place that cannabis there.

- Right, right.

- Whether it was the caterers on their own accord or if it was with their permission or what happened.

- It could have been-- I mean, I'm not going to lie. People here are-- you know, consume marijuana.

- Uh-huh.

- I mean, it's-- I think people probably had if-- I wouldn't be surprised if people had, like, their own edibles. But as far as--

- And if people had their own personal and they're ingesting it, that's one thing.

- That's what I'm--

- But if somebody put it in the food for everybody, including minors or whatever the case might be--

- Right.

- --then that's where the problem kind of lies.

- Absolutely.

- So if you don't mind just-- I know you might not have your wallet on you--

- I do, sir.

- Can you get your ID for us at some point?

- Yes.

- That'd be great.

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Yeah, fire department's seeing about three more people up at the entrance that aren't feeling good. So everyone's-- yeah. They might be transporting a couple more people to the hospital because of this.

- Yeah.

- So--

- [INAUDIBLE] yes.

- Is there any food inside at all?

- I am--

- Is there any food taken from here?

- [INAUDIBLE]

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