Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth conducted a joint news conference on Wednesday, after a Paddock Lake man was arrested for running a 10-person drug operation that manufactured thousands of counterfeit THC cartridges.
Investigators say that 20-year-old Tyler Huffhines was manufacturing the bogus cartridges to be used with vape pens. His employees filled about 3,000-5,000 cartridges per day for the last two years, police said.
"Based on how everything was set up, this was a very high-tech operation that was running for some time," said Andrew Burgoyne, Kenosha County assistant district attorney.
Police conducted a search warrant of Huffhines' home in partnership with the DEA last week, seizing 18 pounds of marijuana, THC oil, eight firearms and nearly $20,000 in cash, according to Kenosha News.
Sheriff Beth said this is likely the largest bust of this kind in the country.
Huffhines was arrested Thursday. He was being held on a $500,000 cash bond on charges of manufacturing/delivering THC, drug possession, maintaining a drug trafficking place and misusing identifying materials.