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'Largest bust of this type in country': Kenosha-area leaders on THC cartridge bust

Posted at 10:48 AM, Sep 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-11 16:40:15-04

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.

Vaping Counterfeiter
In this photo provided by the Kenosha County Sheriff's Office, Tyler Huffhines is pictured in a booking photo. Huffhines is accused of manufacturing thousands of counterfeit vaping cartridges a day with THC oil for almost two years, running the operation with 10 employees, authorities said. (Kenosha County Sheriff's Office via AP)

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.