Two Paddock Lake men arrested in THC vaping manufacturing case

Two Paddock Lake men have been arrested by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department in connection with a local operation that appears to have been set up to inject thousands of vaping cartridges with THC.

THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the component of marijuana that makes people feel psychological effects.

In custody in the Kenosha County Jail are Tyler Huffines, 20, and his brother Jacob Huffhines, 23. According to online ourt records, neither has been formally charged in connection with this case, but the Sheriff’s Department says it intends to seek felony charges against both. (Note: westoftheicom does not associate suspects with specific charges until they are formally charged in court– DH)

On Sept. 5, Kenosha Drug Operations Group and the Racine County Metro Drug Unit assisted the City of Waukesha Police Department in serving two “knock and announce” search warrants at two locations within Kenosha County, said a Sheriff’s Department news release. These two search warrants discovered a marijuana/THC operation used to produce THC vape cartridges. The total street value of the seized THC product is estimated to exceed $1.5 million. These simultaneous search warrants were at a residence in the 24600 block of 74th Street in Paddock Lake and at a residence on the 7900 block of Williamsburg Court in Bristol.

At a press conference in Kenosha Wednesday afternoon, law enforcement officials said the case began with a set of parents in Waukesha who came to police seeking to have their children held accountable for using THC vaping products. Subsequent investigation led to the local operation.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said the scope of the operation may have national implications and federal law enforcement has been brought it.

“This could go national,” Beth said.

He also declined to answer some reporters questions about how the operation distributed its products and who else may have been involved due to the investigation being ongoing.

“This is an ongoing investigation,” Beth said. “As much as I would like to reveal exactly how this worked I can’t.”

Items seized from the Bristol residence include:

  • Approximately 31,200 vape cartridges filled with 1 gram THC each
  • Approximately 98,000 vape cartridges unfilled
  • 57 Mason jars filled with approximately 1616 ounces of refined liquid THC
  • Approximately eighteen pounds of Marijuana
  • $351 in US Currency
  • Three money counting machines
  • Thousands of empty vape cartridge boxes/packaging
  • Miscellaneous drug paraphernalia used to produce the filled cartridges

Items seized from the Paddock Lake address include:

  • Approximately $59,000 in US Currency
  • Eight Firearms and ammunition
  • 0.6 Grams of Cocaine
  • 10.6 Grams of Marijuana
  • Nine pills identified as Xanax
  • Nine cellular telephones
  • Miscellaneous drug paraphernalia including scales and packaging materials

Beth admitted his department was not aware of the operation and it was only brought to light now because of the Waukesha parents insisting on their children being held accountable.

“I’m glad we caught it,” Beth said.

Here is video of the press conference:

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth and other law enforcement officials briefed the media this afternoon on the illegal THC vaping cartridge manufacturing investigation and arrest in western Kenosha County.

Posted by Kenosha County Government on Wednesday, September 11, 2019
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