Virginia police seize over 1,000 ‘Dank’ vape cartridges linked to lung illnesses

WAYNESBORO, Va. – Police in Waynesboro arrested three men and seized more than 1,000 THC vape cartridges that have been linked to recent lung illnesses.

Members of the Waynesboro Police Department SWAT Team and Special Operations Division executed a search warrant at 405 James Avenue on the afternoon of September 24.

The search warrant was based on a tip received from the neighboring Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force (JADE) concerning a man who was wanted out of Virginia Beach.

Police say the tip reported that the fugitive could be trafficking drugs through the mail.

After executing a search warrant at the home, police say one suspect attempted to escape through a back door but was apprehended by perimeter units.

Inside the residence, two suspects surrendered after being confronted by members of the SWAT Team.

During the execution of the search warrant, police recovered:

  • $46,389 in cash
  • 1,081 “Dank” brand vapor pen vials of various flavors, each containing approximately 1 gram of 90% pure liquid THC mixture
  • 2.5 pounds of marijuana
  • .5 ounce of psychedelic mushrooms
  • 1.5 grams of “dab” (refined marijuana)
  • One loaded AR-15 rifle
  • One loaded 9mm Handgun
  • 5 MDMA (Ecstasy) tablets

Police say the “Dank” THC vapor cartridges typically sell for $35 each, making their street value approximately $37,000. The vape cartridges have been linked to vaping-related illnesses across the United States.

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