Minnesota police seize 77,000 marijuana vaping cartridges

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COON RAPIDS, Minn. — Law enforcement officials in Anoka County this week seized a record number of illegal THC vaping cartridges.

Investigators with the Northwest Metro Drug Task Force executed a search warrant Monday night, Sept. 23, at a residence in Coon Rapids, where they arrested one man and seized nearly 77,000 THC vaping cartridges, state and local law enforcement officials announced Tuesday. THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana.

Charges have not yet been filed against the suspect in the case, said New Hope Police Chief Tim Fournier, whose department participated in the raid.

The cartridges, which are believed to have been imported from out of state for distribution in Minnesota, have an estimated street value of $3.8 million, Fournier said.

Vaping cartridges — particularly those that contain THC — are currently the subject of a nationwide public health investigation. At least 530 users have been stricken with serious lung illnesses, with nine deaths reported so far. In Minnesota, 43 cases of vaping related illness have been reported and one person has died, according to the state Department of Health.

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