GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) Police in Guyana have confirmed that candies sold to three Amerindian children who fell ill and were hospitalized contained cocaine.

Deputy Police Chief Seelall Persaud says he believes the candies were meant to be exported and that the owner of the store did not know they contained drugs when he sold them.

Persaud said Thursday that authorities are investigating the origin of the candies. No one has been arrested.

The three children who fell ill on Monday have been discharged from the hospital. They live in the South American country's northwest region, which is largely populated by the Arawak tribe.