Police confiscated nearly $4 million worth of THC vape cartridges near Minneapolis on Monday, the largest seizure of its kind in Minnesota.
During a raid in Coon Rapids, a suburb north of Minneapolis, police recovered 76,972 e-cigarette cartridges containing THC, along with $23,000 in counterfeit cash. One suspect, who was suspected of dealing via Snapchat, was arrested.
The bust follows Minnesota’s first vaping-related death. An elderly woman who vaped marijuana for back pain died from a vaping-related lung injury in August, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Nationwide, nine people have died and the CDC says 530 have been sickened from vaping-related illnesses.
Counterfeit vaping cartridges generally contain THC, the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana, in addition to other unknown, potentially harmful ingredients.