COON RAPIDS, Minn. (FOX 9) – Prosecutors have filed charges following thousands of illegal THC vape cartridges had been seized in a bust in Coon Rapids, Minnesota on Monday.
The seizure of the additional than 76,000 cartridges, that police estimate are worth about $three.8 million, came following police in New Hope, Minnesota had been tipped off about cartridge sales in the city. The New Hope investigation led a drug job force to a property in Coon Rapids exactly where they executed a search warrant on Monday exactly where the cartridges had been situated.
Twenty-two-year-old Valentin Andonii is charged with two counts of controlled substance crime.
According to charges, police had been tipped off to a man operating beneath the name “Valicious” or “Valic” promoting big quantities of THC cartridges. Detectives say they had been in a position to arrange a deal with “Valicious” to invest in 100 cartridges for $1,500.
Investigators with the Northwest Metro Drug Activity Force stated they later set up a second obtain from “Valicious,” who they later determined was Andonii. Officers say Andonii also supplied a different deal: “1 for 13.five.” The job force believes he meant 1,000 cartridges for $13,500.
On Monday, the job force raided Andonii’s residence in Coon Rapids. Inside they located 76,972 cartridges in the property, garage, and automobiles at the residence. The cartridges tested constructive for THC and had been labeled as containing “94 % or higher THC.”
Authorities seized 75,000 THC vaping cartridges in Anoka County more than the weekend. (Minnesota Division of Public Security / FOX 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul)
So far, the Minnesota Division of Well being has reported 45 confirmed or probable circumstances of vaping-connected lung injuries and 22 other people that are getting reviewed. One particular individual has died from vaping-connected lung injuries, the division stated.
The Division of Well being says the investigation so far has linked the circumstances to illegally bought THC vaping cartridges.
Bail was set for Andonii at $three million or $1 million on the circumstances that Andonii not leave the state and surrender his passport.
He is set to seem in court on October 22.