KENOSHA — A fifth person is in custody awaiting charges related to the Huffhineses’ alleged black-market vaping operation.
A 22-year-old Racine man is expected to be charged with possession with intent to deliver THC over 10,000 grams and manufacture of THC over 10,000 grams with intent to deliver, both felonies.
He had not been named yet as of early Wednesday afternoon.
The man has been in custody at the Kenosha County Jail since Tuesday.
A spokesman for the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department said the man is one of the people who worked in the vape manufacturing operation.
One other worker, Hannah Curty, 19, of Racine, was charged in connection with the business on Oct. 3 after she canceled an interview with detectives working on the case.
At least two other workers have cooperated with investigators.
Tyler Huffhines, 20, his 23-year-old brother Jacob Huffhines and their mother, Courtney Huffhines, 43, all of Paddock Lake, are alleged to have been operating a large-scale THC vape manufacturing and distribution business from a rented Bristol condominium and Courtney Huffhines’ real estate office in Union Grove. The business is alleged to have used 10 workers to manufacture the vapes, using THC oil purchased in California.
Scope of enterprise
An investigation that began at a Waukesha high school eventually led investigators to serve warrants on the Huffhines home, the real estate office and the condominium.
They were allegedly producing 4,000 to 5,000 THC vape cartridges a day that, according to court documents, the brothers were selling in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.
Material seized in the investigation has been sent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for testing to see if the vapes they are alleged to have been selling are related to an outbreak of vaping-related illnesses and deaths.
All three members of the family have been charged with multiple felonies.
Courtney Huffhines is free on $100,000 bond.
Tyler, alleged to have been the leader of the operation, is being held on $500,000 bond.
Jacob is being held on $50,000 bond along with a probation hold. Jacob was on probation for a previous felony drug-dealing conviction at the time of his arrest.