A six-week investigation into the distribution of illegal vape oil by the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad culminated with a search warrant Tuesday at the Marathon gas station at the intersection of Bells Ferry Road and Victoria Road in Woodstock.
According to agency spokesman Capt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office:
The investigation began after the agency received an anonymous tip that the oils were causing users to have seizures. Leading up to Tuesday’s search warrant, agents had made purchases of the vape oils, classified as Schedule I drugs.
The vape oils seized during the search warrant were “Kentucky Route” and “Kiss of Death,” and were kept behind the counter at the Marathon, out of view.
“As Schedule I drugs, any other businesses selling these brands and customers who use these brands should know that doing so is a felony,” Baker said.
Libin Babu, 30, of Woodstock, was charged with two counts of sale of a Schedule I drug and possession of a Schedule I drug with intent to distribute. The store’s manager, Jithu Vinoy, 25, of Lawrenceville, was charged with one count of sale of a Schedule I drug and possession of a Schedule I drug with intent to distribute. Both Babu and Vinoy remained in custody at the Cherokee County jail without bond on Wednesday afternoon.