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Police confiscate fake Juul pods in NW Indiana

Counterfeit vaping pods confiscated from food store in Lake County, Indiana

CEDAR LAKE, Ind. (WISH) — A food store in northwest Indiana has been cited by excise police for selling counterfeit Juul pods and Juul starter kits.

Indiana State Excise Police confiscated the materials while executing a search warrant Friday night at Zip Food Store at 7208 W. 132nd Avenue in Lake County.

Investigators with Juul confirmed to excise police that the mango-flavored pods were counterfeit.

Authorities say the investigation started two months ago after a citizen complaint.

The business was cited for public nuisance, failing to maintain invoices and for obtaining e-liquid from an unauthorized source.

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The case now goes to the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office.