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Charges against operators of smoke shops result of investigation into teen vaping

A1 smoke shot bust

Dan Pool / Photo

Law enforcement agents establish a perimeter around the A1 Smoke Shop on West Church Street Friday after a substance in a plastic container sent two detectives, a drug task force agent, two EMS responders and a store employee to the hospital with a range of symptoms. All were released later that day. 

        The district attorney’s office, sheriff offices and GBI wasted little time taking action against the vape shops they believe sold products that led to 12 medical emergencies at  high schools across the Appalachian Judicial Circuit earlier this month.

On Friday, agents from sheriff offices in Pickens, Gilmer and Fannin counties, along with GBI agents, drug task force officers and district attorney personnel, executed search warrants at the A1 Smoke Shop locations in Jasper (West Church Street), and in East Ellijay and a Citgo convenience store on Blue Ridge Drive in Blue Ridge.

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