Authorities seize 20,000 THC cartridges, 422 pounds of drug-infused candies, cereals – Coshocton Tribune

Four men involved in an operation that produced and sold THC-infused breakfast cereals and candy were arrested last week in an extensive investigation that began more than 1 1/2 years ago, Akron police said Wednesday.

The operation added THC to popular edibles such as Cap’n Crunch cereal, Reese’s Puffs and candy, and manufactured more traditional illicit products such as vaping liquid with the marijuana compound added, authorities said. The products were sold in Northeast Ohio and across the nation.

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical in cannabis that produces a high.

Akron police detective Lt. David Garro said more than 80 local, state and federal law enforcement officers were involved in the arrests on Thursday.

The Akron Narcotics Unit began the investigation in February 2019 after a complaint that an Akron vape shop was selling marijuana, THC vapes and THC edibles from the store.

By December 2019, it had evolved into an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

Members of the Akron Police Department’s Narcotics Unit, along with the DEA, FBI, Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the Portage, Stark, Medina and Mahoning Sheriff’s Offices, U.S. Marshals, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio were all involved in Operation Vapor Trail.

In Thursday’s action, George May, 22, of Tallmadge; Tyrone Keith, 44, of Canton; and Demarco Jones, 24, of Canal Fulton were arrested on federal complaints. DaShawn Jones, 45, of Akron was arrested on a state charge.

In all, 18 firearms, 774 pounds of marijuana, 422 pounds of edibles, 1,143 pounds of THC vapes, 203 pounds of shatter/wax/dabs, and more than $250,000 in U.S. currency was seized in the raids, conducted at sites in Summit and Stark counties.