Two Brothers Are Accused Of Running One Of The Largest Illegal THC Vape Cartridge Operations In The US

Two brothers in their early twenties have been accused of running what authorities say could be one of the largest operations to manufacture and sell illegal THC-filled vaping cartridges in the US.

Authorities said 20-year-old Tyler Huffhines was the ringleader of a sophisticated vaping “empire” that is now being investigated for links to the recent vaping-related illnesses and deaths across the country.

Huffhines was charged Monday on several counts of possession with intent to manufacture and distribute THC over 10,000 grams, maintaining a drug house, and identity theft. He was held in lieu of a $500,000 cash bond as of Tuesday. His 23-year-old brother, Jacob Huffhines — who was previously convicted for dealing cocaine — was charged on counts of possessing cocaine, THC, and a firearm.

The two brothers allegedly ran the operation out of a rented condo in Bristol where they paid at least 10 people to fill liquid THC — which is illegal in Wisconsin — into vaping cartridges and package them to look like candy with names like “Chronic sour patch.”

Authorities said they seized more than $1.5 million worth of THC products during the bust.

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