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Tyler Thomas Huffhines, 20, (left) and Jacob David Huffhines, 23, (right) were arrested last week in Kenosha County, Wisconsin after a raid of their secret THC vaping operation

 

 

Inside the illegal THC-infused vaping empire two brothers ran from rented Wisconsin condo: Raids find 120K vape cartridges, eight guns, 57 mason jars filled with liquid THC and $59,000 in cash – amid vape disease epidemic

 

• Tyler Huffhines, 20, and Jacob Huffhines, 23, were arrested on September 5
• Cops in Kenosha, Wisconsin, say they ran an illegal THC vape cartridge empire
• Ran assembly line making illicit vape cartridges in condo rented in false name
• Paid team of ‘juicers’ $20 an hour to fill cartridges with potent THC liquid
• Huffhines brothers were arrested at home with their parents and grandparents
• CDC reports six deaths and 380 cases of lung illness in 36 states linked to vaping
• Cops now probing whether Huffhines operation is linked to any illnesses

By KEITH GRIFFITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 17:47 BST, 13 September 2019 | UPDATED: 21:15 BST, 14 September 2019

 

 

 

 

A police raid has exposed an illegal THC vape cartridge empire that cops say was run by two Wisconsin brothers.
Tyler Thomas Huffhines, 20, and Jacob David Huffhines, 23, were arrested last week in Kenosha County, Wisconsin after simultaneous raids on their home and a secret headquarters in a rented condo.

Cops discovered 31,200 vape cartridges filled with one gram of THC each and another 98,000 unfilled cartridges in the condo during the raid on September 5.

Police also recovered eighteen pounds of raw marijuana and 57 Mason jars filled with approximately 1616 ounces of refined liquid THC, which investigators believe was purchased from California.
‘This is a major, major operation,’ Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said at a press conference announcing the charges.

Local investigators are now cooperating with federal officials to determine whether the illicit operation is linked to any of the six deaths and 380 cases of severe lung illness that have been tied to vaping across the country.

 

 


• This pile of vape cartridges was recovered in a sparsely furnished condo in Bristol,

which was rented under a false name and used to run a crude assembly line filling the cartridges with THC

• Cartridges boasting of fruity flavors are seen packaged for distribution at the rented condo

• The secret drug lair was in a condo in this nondescript building in Bristol, Wisconsin
Cops say that the vast operation was uncovered after parents of a teenager in Waukesha discovered that he was selling vape cartridges at a high school and hauled him in to cooperate with police.
‘The parents were focused on holding their son accountable,’ said Capt. Dan Baumann of the Waukesha Police Department.
‘These parents were courageous for what they did and should be commended.’
Investigators worked up through five layers of dealers before they discovered the Huffhines brothers’ secret lair in a Bristol condominium, which had been rented under a false name.
Aside from the drug operation, the sparsely furnished condo had only a table, chairs and television.
A bust in Wisconsin high school led cops up the distribution chain to the condo vape lair


• Some of the illegal vape cartridges even imitated popular candy such as Sour Patch Kids


• Jacob Huffhines is seen flashing a stack of hundred dollar bills in a 2017 Instagram photo


• The brothers are seen together in an Instagram photo posted in May
Cops say that the brothers employed a team of under-the-table workers known as ‘juicers’ to fill cartridges on a crude assembly line, using syringes to inject the potent liquid THC into each cartridge.
Initially, the brothers paid workers $20 an hour and even maintained time cards, Sheriff Beth said.
But they later discovered they could maximize profits by paying workers 30 cents per cartridge filled, according to Beth.
The filled cartridges were packaged in brightly colored boxes touting the names of fruit or candy flavors.
‘It looks like candy in these vaping cigarettes. It’s not candy, it’s highly potent drugs,’ said Beth.


• Police conducted a simultaneous raid on the home (above) that the brothers shared with their mom and grandpa, finding drugs, guns and $59,000 in cash
A simultaneous raid was conducted on the Huffhines home in nearby Paddock Lake, where the brothers lived with their mother and grandfather.
Inside that home, police recovered $59,000 in cash and eight firearms and ammunition.
Also found were nine cell phones, 0.6 Grams of cocaine, 10.6 grams of marijuana, and nine Xanax pills.
In a report this week, the Centers for Disease Control said that six have died and at least 380 have been severely sickened from vaping-related illness.
In nearly all cases, patients reported using THC vape cartridges before falling ill, though a few said they only used nicotine e-cigarettes, the CDC said.


• Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth talks about the THC-infused vaping cartridges that were part of a large-scale marijuana operation during a news conference in Kenosha
Now investigators are probing whether the Huffhines brothers’ operation was linked to any of the illnesses.
‘Their focus was on making money,’ remarked Sheriff Beth. ‘The health of others or the safety of others was never a serious concern.’
Both brothers are being held in the Kenosha County Jail without bond. It was unclear whether they had attorneys to speak on their behalf.
Tyler Huffhines is charged with manufacturing THC more than 10,000 grams, possession with intent to manufacture, distribution of THC more than 10,000 Grams, maintaining a drug house, and unauthorized use of individual’s personal identifying information.
Jacob Huffhines is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of cocaine, and a felony probation hold.
The investigation continues.

 

 

 

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT VAPING LUNG-RELATED ILLNESS

 

U.S. public health officials are investigating more than 450 cases of severe lung illnesses after at least six deaths have been related to e-cigarette products.

WHAT WE KNOW

The CDC has received reports of cases from 33 states.
The CDC is studying use of both nicotine and THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis, to determine the cause of the illness.
So far, no single product has been identified in all of the cases.
It is not yet clear whether the illness is unique to the US, though some health agencies, such as Canada’s, say they have not had any cases so far.
The CDC is also investigating whether the illnesses are caused by ingredients in the vaping products or by vaping habits in general.

SYMPTOMS

Early symptoms include fatigue, coughing, nausea, vomiting and fever.
People should also look out for shortness of breath, which can escalate and become so severe it would lead to an ER visit.
The vaping-related illness often looks like pneumonia on lung scans, but so far, no infection has been found, according to the NYT.

WHAT STAKEHOLDERS SAY

The CDC urges consumers to refrain from all vaping until a cause is identified to avoid more patient deaths and illnesses.
The FDA has warned consumers to avoid vaping products purchased outside of retail stores as well as THC liquids or other illicit substances.
The American Medical Association has urged all consumers to avoid vaping. The organization has urged doctors to warn their patients of the potential harms of e-cigarettes and has called for regulation.
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Inside the illegal THC-infused vaping empire two brothers ran from rented Wisconsin condo

 

 

By KEITH GRIFFITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 17:47 BST, 13 September 2019 | UPDATED: 21:15 BST, 14 September 2019

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