Minnesota police seize nearly $4 million worth of illegal vaping products in record bust

Minnesota police seize nearly $4 million worth of illegal vaping products in record bust
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Authorities in Minnesota seized nearly $4 million worth of illegal vaping cartridges containing THC in what is the largest bust of its kind in the state.

NBC News reports police recovered 76,972 e-cigarette cartridges that contained THC during a raid in Coon Rapids, Minn., on Monday, along with $23,000 worth of counterfeit cash.

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Police arrested one person in the bust, according to the news outlet. The suspect was believed to be selling the illegal THC cartridges through social media platform Snapchat.

The record-setting seizure comes after Minnesota was hit with its first vaping-related death as illnesses across the country surged in recent weeks.

There have been nine vaping related deaths in the U.S.

"We have no idea what is in these cartridges," Brian Marquart, a Minnesota Department of Public Safety official, said at a press conference Tuesday, according to NBC News.

Officials say the cartridges, worth an estimated $3.8 million in total, are believed to have come from out of state to be distributed throughout Minnesota.

Many of the cartridges seized were in colorful packaging with names such as "Candy Land," "Cherry Pie" and "Apple Jacks."

"We know that companies target our young people," Daniel Huff, assistant commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health, told NBC News. "When you are selling cotton candy-flavored or bubblegum flavored products we suspect that those are targeting children."

The seizure comes as the Trump administration this month, along with several states, announced bans of flavored vaping products.