Operation Candy Crush Closes 23 Stores Allegedly Selling Cannabidiol Products – Wgnsradio

Twenty-three stores in Rutherford County have been padlocked after undercover agents allegedly bought candy that contained a form of marijuana.

Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh – in a press conference – announced his office along with Murfreesboro, Smyrna and La Vergne Police, the TBI, DEA and FBI – conducted raids Monday:

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Fitzhugh says Cannabidiol, which is also called CBD, is an illegal drug being sold in the form of liquids used in vapors, gummy bears and items that look like candy:

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Indictments were issued on 21 people accused of selling the illegal products during “Operation Candy Crush.”

Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh and Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold said sheriff’s narcotics detectives and Smyrna Police launched the investigation last year following complaints from parents and advertisements about the products.

Acting in an undercover capacity, detectives from both departments bought products containing cannabidiol, (ca-na-be-dial) also known as CBD, and other synthetic drugs in 23 stores in Rutherford County.

Sheriff fitzhugh noted, “We feel these stores are marketing these items toward minors. These items can commonly be confused by a child as candy and are illegal.”

The sheriff add the investigation was launched after several parents complained about the products being sold in stores.

District Attorney General Jennings Jones says he’s not sure where the individual products were coming from that were being sold in stores:

Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold says the thing making this dangerous is the appearance of the items with CBD. They’re being made to look like candy:

Arnold, who is also president of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, says in a recent meeting with the TBI, this was brought to their attention:

We have a list of the businesses shuttered on our website at WGNSradio.com, keyword

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