A Wisconsin man accused of carrying out a massive illegal steam operation with his brother faces several drug charges, court records show.
Tyler Huffhines, 20, was charged Monday for possession of THC with intent to distribute, maintain a place for drug trafficking and other crimes, the records show.
He has not stated a plea.
His brother, Jacob Huffhines, has been charged with possession of cocaine and firearms.
The brothers' attorneys did not respond to a request for comment Monday, but Tyler Huffhine's attorney, Mark Richards, told the court on Monday that his client "was not captured and killed Someone. He didn't get hurt to hurt anyone, but that's what they want you to believe. "
Court documents released on Monday said the Huffhines were running the operation from an apartment in Bristol, south of Milwaukee, according to NBC
The documents state that authorities seized 31,200 vape cartridges, each containing one gram of THC, along with 98,000 unfilled cartridges and 57 mason jars containing more than 1,600 ounces of liquid THC, according to the station.
Authorities have claimed that Huffhines hired 10 people for two years to manufacture and sell thousands of counterfeit cartridges daily, prosecutors have sent for $ 16, prosecutors have said.
Huffhi Nes allegedly told the police that he reinvested all his income back into his operation.
"You invest more, you do more," the documents tell him according to WTMJ. "No risk, no reward."
Huffhines and brother Jacob Huffhines, 23, were arrested this month after officials say they traveled to California to allegedly buy dozens of cans of THC for $ 300,000 WTMJ reported.
Jacob Huffhines, who was charged with possession of cocaine and a firearm, was held in lieu of a $ 50,000 bond, court records show.
Tyler Huffhines was held in lieu of $ 500,000.
The brothers' attorneys did not respond to the request for comment Monday, but Tyler Huffhine's attorney, Mark Richards, told the court Monday that his client "was not trapped and killed anyone. He did not intend to harm anyone. But that is what they want. You must believe. "
The charges come because health authorities across the country have linked seven deaths and hundreds of lung diseases to vaping, with the latest reported Monday in California.
In a news release, Tulare County officials attributed the death to "serious lung injury related to gunfire."
The Wisconsin authorities have not reported gun-related deaths.
Although it is unclear what is behind the diseases, New York state authorities have focused on Vitamin E acetate. The state health department said there were high levels of supplementation in vaping products that contained cannabis.
Last week, the White House announced plans to ban the sale of non-tobacco-flavored electronic cigarettes in the midst of the gun crisis.
And on Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would move to limit the sale of flavored e-cigarettes to young people.