1.25 Million Dollar Cannabis “Vape Tube” Bust in Indiana

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It is finally happening. The illicit cannabis market is turning to prefilled vape cartridges as their product, which is likely being driven by demand. In a major bust along Interstate 70 in Indiana, a man was caught carrying over 30,000 vape cartridges prefilled with cannabis extract containing high amounts of THC, the compound in marijuana that makes you high.

The police placed a very reasonable value on the “vape tubes” of 1.25 million dollars, or about 40 bucks per cartridge. The Indy Star reported:

Officers from the Morgan County P.A.C.E. team pulled over a vehicle along Interstate 70 on Wednesday, and during the stop officers suspected criminal activity.

During a search of the car, found an estimated 31,000 vape tubes containing THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Police say the drugs have a street value of approximately $1.25 million.

The suspect was from New York, which is a legal medical marijuana state. He told Fox 59 news that he was doing nothing wrong when the police stopped him…except carrying 1.25 million in cannabis extracts in his car! Fox 59 reported:

“I’m doing 67 in a 70. Doing nothing wrong. Got pulled over,” said the New York City man. “I pulled over. I seen the lights. I pulled over and I said, ‘Did I do something wrong?’…

The PACE Team, its training, equipment and overtime financed by a $25,000 grant from the Morgan County Substance Abuse Council, is on the lookout for traffic infractions that can lead to drug investigations.

“They’re looking for inconsistency in stories,” said Sheriff’s Captain Brent Worth. “Where the people are coming to and from.”

The suspect, Ryan Ferrand, claimed the cartridges were for his own use…all 31,000 of them. But, he couldn’t remember where he bought them, or how much he paid for the cannabis cartridges, and also claimed they were simply legal liquid flavors valued at only $6 per cartridge in Los Angeles, where he was coming from. But, even at $6 each, that would be $180,000 worth of cartridges!

I have a sneaking suspicion that a cartridge supplier in LA had their product stolen, and this fool just got caught in Indiana with a felony amount of weed. In the end, seems like justice to me!

Keith Mansur
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Keith Mansur is the founder, publisher, and editor of Oregon Cannabis Connection newspaper. The print publication has been serving Oregon since 2010. He has been a Oregon medical marijuana patient, grower, and caregiver since 2006. Find him on Facebook or email him at occnewspaper420(at)gmail.com