'Operation Candy Crush': Rutherford County businesses closed, accused of selling CBD candy – The Daily News Journal

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This photo shows evidence collected by law enforcement agents of a candy containing CBD.(Photo: HELEN COMER/DNJ)Buy Photo

Officers padlocked 23 Rutherford County businesses Monday accused of selling candy containing a derivative of marijuana.

Authorities indicted 21 people in the investigation law enforcement officials named “Operation Candy Crush,” according to a news release from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

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Law enforcement agents collect evidence from Vapesboro, one of 23 stores closed for selling products believed to contain a marijuana derivative. (Photo: HELEN COMER/DNJ)

Investigators were acting on a tip that gummy candies and vape juice containing cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, were sold in stores throughout Murfreesboro, Smyrna and La Vergne, the release said.

Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said after a news conference that the culprits are converting real candy such as gummy bears into a synthetic drug that can be dangerous for children. 

“They spray them with this illegal substance, and then they repackage them,” said Fitzhugh, who noted how there’s been two deaths in the United States linked to synthetic drugs. “That

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