Two employees of a Cherokee County gas station are behind bars after narcotics agents discovered they were selling illegal vape oils out of their Woodstock shop, authorities said.
The vape oil, which is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, is known to cause seizures in users, according to Phil Price, commander of the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad.
Woodstock resident Libin Babu 30, is charged with two counts of sale of a Schedule 1 drug and possession of a Schedule 1 drug with intent to distribute, said Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Jithu Vinoy, 25, of Lawrenceville, is charged with one count of sale of a Schedule 1 drug with intent to distribute.
The two were arrested following a six-week investigation into the Marathon gas station located at the corner of Bells Ferry and Victoria roads in Woodstock, authorities said.
The investigation began when deputies received an anonymous tip that the oils were causing some users to have seizures. The arrests were made after the shop’s employees allegedly sold the vape oil to CMANS agents.
The synthetic oils, called “Kentucky Route” and “Kiss of Death,” were kept behind the counter and out of sight, deputies said.
Price said the active ingredient is similar to that found in synthetic marijuana, which caused a rash of health issues for users in Cherokee nearly a decade ago.
“It’s some of the exact same compounds being marketed in vape oils,” he said. “It’s really scary stuff ... We’re not going to stand for people selling this stuff to kids in our county, much less the adults.”
Babu and Vinoy remain held at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center without bond.
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