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Published on June 28th, 2013 | by Trick


RTS Vapes Targeted by Feds for Nicotine Sales

According to a message posted Thursday on ECF, a trio of Homeland Security agents visited RTS Vapes, as well as the home of CEO and President Randy Slabney, presumably in relation to RTS Vapes’ nicotine extraction process.

According to Slabney, he was accused of lying to federal agents when they asked if he sold “small vials with flavor and nicotine in them,” and he answered in the negative. RTS Vapes sells flavorless nicotine used by many (including us here at Vape Squad) in the making of DIY e-liquid.

“Curious that we refused a buyout offer by a [big tobacco] company last week and this happens.”

-Randy Slabney, RTS Vapes

Slabney says he was asked about 20 other questions about the production of pure nicotine, and was told it was a “risk to the country” because nicotine is a poison.

Agents apparently obtained records about RTS Vapes’ business through a subpoena issued to Vollusion, who runs the shopping cart for RTS Vapes.

According to Slabney, RTS Vapes is the second largest supplier of flavorless nicotine liquid in the country.

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Patrick (aka Trick) is an avid vaper who has traded an addiction to tobacco for an addiction to new vaping gear. When heโ€™s not writing for Vape Squad, he can most often be found trying to translate the websites of foreign modders, prying the drip spouts out of new juice bottles, or stalking mail carriers.

  • Vicky Grant

    wow they really are getting their knickers in a twist about the e-cig industry arent they?? Do we know what the outcome to all this is?

  • Patrick Morris

    Didn’t realize Russ beat me to this one. Damn that guy and his ability to know everything that’s going on before I do. ๐Ÿ˜› Anyway, seems to be ongoing at this point. Still no reason why they came to visit.

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  • Joe Wolfe

    Our own government will be the demise of us all…

  • Edward Newman

    Is this for real. I know the picture is not but I mean can they really do all this? Scary stuff.

    • Sir Fancypants

      Thats the point, big tobacco only has fear as a weapon, but they do have money to rent “officials” to scare people. They will stage a false poisoning or something eventually, yes they will kill someone, but the risk of blowback from doing so makes it latter resort.

  • Benjamin JD Reynolds

    Disgraceful…. When there are more obvious threats looming….
    Terrible misallocation of resources….
    Someone’s head should roll….

    But yes…. The major cig companies would be fools not to try and corner the vaping market…
    It IS rather curious that only this company was targeted and such a short time after the cig company’s offer was rejected…

    Leave honest businessmen alone, I say….
    Go after the dishonest ones!!!!

  • TBinAZ

    Things that make you go HMMMM. Nice pic too btw LOL

    • Trick

      We didn’t have any pictures of the actual event, so we had to go with a dramatic reenactment based on actual events. :)

      • Swoop_g

        But you know that is how those agents felt!

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  • Vapalator

    Cigarettes are becoming like 8 track tapes and VCRs and the tobacco companies know this. I believe it’s called KARMA.

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