COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Officers seized approximately 100 THC vaping cartridges in Lowndes County.
According to the Lowndes County Narcotics Task Force, narcotics agents and investigators with the state Attorney General’s Office executed search warrants on Oct. 3.
(L-R): Dustin Nichols, Whitney Ford | Source: Lowndes County Sheriff's Department
The Task Force did not identify any locations.
This led to two arrests.
Narcotics agents seized marijuana and the THC cartridges which they say were meant to be distributed in Columbus and Lowndes County.
Agents estimated the narcotics’ street value at approximately $18,000.
Dustin Nichols, 36, and Whitney Ford, 28, both of Columbus, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to traffic marijuana.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a psychoactive component of the marijuana plant, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
As health officials investigate the recent national outbreak of vaping-related lung illnesses, the public has been warned to stop using THC-containing vaping products.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most patients reported a history of using THC-containing products.
“The latest national and state findings suggest products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources (e.g. friends, family members, illicit dealers), are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak,” the CDC stated.