Branded candies removed from High Point vapes and tobacconists

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High Point police say these counterfeit bags resembling popular snacks and candies are used to conceal edibles and THC drugs.

HIGH POINT, N.C. — High Point police say officers recently found these products at various vape and tobacco stores.

To be clear, THC sold under the names Delta 8 and Delta 10 is legal. Police said the problem with these products is that they violate trademark laws and are marketed to children.

This operation was done in partnership with the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Department, North Carolina Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force, North Carolina Liquor Enforcement Division and homeland security.

Police said investigators checked several tobacco and vape stores for trademark violations. Police said store owners and employees voluntarily handed over more than 8,800 counterfeit products.

These companies have received a warning. The total cost of the donated items was nearly $50,000.

Some of the products included were bongs, grinders, roach clips, vape cartridges, and gummies. Several stores also sold cans and bottles with hidden compartments, which police say are commonly used to hide narcotics.

Here’s a look at some of the items given out:

High Point Police said trademarks like Disney, Nintendo, Marvel, Frito-Lay, Kellogg’s, Mondelez (Oreo, Chips Ahoy and Sour Patch Kids), Coca-Cola and even Girl Scouts of the USA.

These companies have not authorized the use of their trademark on the products sold and the trademark laws are covered by NCGS 80-11.1.

Again, these companies have been given a warning, but violators can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the value of the goods.

Store owners and employees also returned U-Pass and XStream Urine. These products violate NCGS 14.401.20, which cheats drug and alcohol testing.

The North Carolina Trademark Counterfeiting Task Force was established by the Secretary of State in 2004 to train local law enforcement officers to spot counterfeit branded products. They also contribute to strengthening multi-agency work by acting on the application of trademark law.

The task force has grown to 172 officers, representing law enforcement from across the state, including the High Point Police Department.

Since 2004, the Task Force has removed more than $190 million worth of counterfeit products from the streets.

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