ALE special agents recently concluded an illegal THC product investigation which resulted in numerous felony arrests, charges, and seizures.
The investigation stemmed from a complaint that teens purchased vape products from two tobacco stores in Tabor City and subsequently became ill after ingesting the products.
Through the course of the investigation, special agents identified and determined Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, products from the two locations contained more than 0.3 % THC, making the products illegal to possess and sell. The products identified were tested and yielded a THC concentration of 1.60%, more than 5 times the legal level.
On Wednesday, Jan. 11, ALE, along with the North Carolina Department of Revenue, and the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Office executed searches for illegal THC products at the two Tabor City businesses, Tobacco and Vape Outlet, located at 102 Tabor Crossing, and EZ Tobacco and Vape Outlet, located at 101 US Highway 701. As a result of the searches, special agents seized a large amount of illegal THC products and cash.
The following individuals were arrested and charged:
- Abdulfatah Moha Mozib, 25, of Whiteville, (Tobacco and Vape Outlet-manager) Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Marijuana.
- Ryan Paul Taylor, 27, of Tabor City, (Tobacco and Vape Outlet-employee) Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Marijuana, Sell or Deliver Schedule VI controlled substance.
- Dennis Leroy Pogue, 61, of Tabor City, (EZ Tobacco and Vape-employee) Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Marijuana and Sell or Deliver Schedule VI controlled substance.
North Carolina Secretary of State’s Office seized an assortment of counterfeit items ranging from male enhancement pills to glass smoking bongs.
“ALE received complaints of young people consuming products purchased from North Carolina tobacco shops and becoming sick to the point of requiring medical attention. Many of these products seem to be marketed towards kids and often mimic legitimate candy products,” said Bryan House, Director of North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement. “While criminal enforcement is, and will continue to be, part of an overall strategy to keep our children safe, parents should be aware of these products and the potential for harm.”
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.