Employees of a Long Island store accused of selling nicotine in e-liquid to minors
Two employees of Long Island businesses have been arrested and charged with selling nicotine e-liquid to minors.
Police arrested Marvin Navarro Villeda, 21, and Rachid Elassab, 50, both of Queens, on Monday Feb. 28 following an investigation, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.
The SCPD said police have received numerous complaints from members of the community about the sale of vapes and e-cigarettes to minors.
Ten companies were checked during the investigation.
Police said Navarro Villeda is an employee of Smokeez Smoke Shop, located at 324 Larkfield Road in East Northport, and Elassab is an employee of Smoke Bazaar Smoke Shop, located at 1206 East Jericho Turnpike in Huntington.
Navarro Villeda was charged with one count of illegally trafficking a second-degree child, and Elassab was charged with two counts of the same count, authorities said.
The SCPD said the following companies were found to be compliant during the investigation:
- Evolve Smoke Shop, located at 233 A Broadway, Greenlawn
- Smoke Bazaar, located at 67 Broadway, Greenlawn
- Legacy Smoke Shop, located at 39 Larkfield Road, East Northport
- Evolve Smoke Shop, located at 290 Larkfield Road, East Northport
- Evolve Smoke Shop, located at 2066 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport
- Mr. Tobacco 2 Smoke & Vape Shop, located at 2031 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport
- Huntington Smoke & Vape, located at 1730B Jericho Turnpike, Huntington
- Dix Hills Card & Lotto, located at 705 Old Country Road, Dix Hills
Navarro Villeda and Elassab were to be arrested at a later date, police said.
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