Police: 23 Tenn. stores padlocked after selling CBD candy

Credit: WTVF

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) -- More than 20 stores in Rutherford County were padlocked after investigators say they sold marijuana products that resembled candy.

Authorities announced the results of "Operation Candy Crush" on Monday in Murfreesboro.

WTVF reports that the investigation was launched after parents complained about the advertisements of the products to police.

Undercover agents said they purchased products containing Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, and other synthetic drugs from stores in the Middle Tennessee county.

Authorities explained to WTVF that CBD is an illegal drug sold in the form of liquids often used to make gummy bears, vapors, or items that look like candy. Prices for CBD items range anywhere from $7 to $70.

21 people were indicted in the case with pending court hearings.

Investigators said some of the products contained drugs linked to two deaths in the country.