Now that the recent, unexplained vaping-associated death toll in the United States has risen to six victims, tensions are running high when it comes to illegal vaping products. Today, such unlicensed THC products have a poster boy: 20-year-old Tyler Huffhines of Wisconsin, whose business law enforcement officials say was producing 3,000 to 5,000 vaping cartridges a day.
His arrest was announced in a Wednesday press conference. Though Huffhines has not been formally charged, various felonies hang over his head: manufacturing and delivering THC and possession with intent to sell among them.
“I’m glad we caught it,” said Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth. “If this one is out there, there’s other ones out there.”
Apparently, officials discovered $300,000 worth of THC oil when they busted Huffhines’ operation, which was located in a Wisconsin condominium.
This is a high profile arrest, largely due to the fact that the nation is currently in the middle of a major vaping health scare that could be caused by unlicensed, untested vaping products. A Kansas woman who died on Tuesday was the sixth US resident to perish after vaping, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that at least 450 people had fallen ill