Four Long Island store workers were arrested selling e-liquid nicotine to minors during a police undercover operation, investigators said.
Detectives at the Sixth Suffolk County Police Station have charged them with selling nicotine products to minors.
Police said the operation took place following several complaints from the community, which led to an investigation into the sale of vapes and e-cigarettes to minors in which nine companies were verified for their compliance.
During the investigation, four court clerks were arrested and charged with second degree illegal trafficking with a child:
- Jeremiah Turpin, 22, of Mount Sinai, employee of Barcode Hookah and Smoke Shop on Route 25A in Mount Sinai;
- Faith Bal, 50, of Nesconset, an employee of Cloud Vapor and Smoke, on route 25A, in Mount Sinai;
- John Mardos, 24, of Port Jefferson Station, an employee of Hookah City, on Route 112 in Medford;
- An 18 year old from Selden, an employee of Hemp Cloud, on Middle Country Road in Centereach. His identity has not been disclosed.
Each of the four clerks have been indicted and issued field appearance tickets to appear in Central Islip Magistrates’ Court later this year.
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