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Charges piling up for vape ring


     A Fannin County Grand Jury recently brought a slew of indictments against five suspects in a vape shop racketeering ring that involved stores in a three-county area, including one on West Church Street in Pickens County. 

On Friday, Sept. 14, agents from the Pickens, Fannin and Gilmer sheriffs’ offices, along with GBI agents, drug task force officers, and district attorney office personnel executed search warrants at the A1 Smoke Shops in Jasper and East Ellijay, as well as a Citgo convenience store on Blue Ridge Drive in Blue Ridge. The warrants were executed because law agencies believed the shops sold illegal products that led to at least a dozen medical vaping emergencies among students in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit. 

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