Suffolk County Police arrested four people the night of July 29 for allegedly selling E-liquid nicotine, in the form of JUULpods, to minors at businesses located in Mount Sinai, Medford, and Centereach.
In response to community complaints, 6th Precinct Crime Section officers, in conjunction with representatives from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services Tobacco Regulation Enforcement Unit, conducted an investigation into the sale of E-liquid nicotine to minors, during which five businesses were checked for compliance on July 30 between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Those businesses that were found to not be in compliance were issued a notice of violation by the Suffolk County Department of Health.
The following clerks were arrested and charged with unlawfully dealing with a child 2nd degree after they sold E-liquid nicotine to a minor:
- Nalin Kaushik, 22, employed at Barcode Hookah and Smoke Shop, located at 39 Route 25A in Mount Sinai
- Dylan Kincel, 19, employed at Vapor Nation, located at 331 Route 25A in Mount Sinai
- Anthony Mazza, 21, employed at Hookah City, located at 2717 Route 112 in Medford
- Mario Hawk, 24, employed at Hemp Clouds, located at 1515 Middle Country Road in Centereach
All four clerks were issued Field Appearance Tickets and are scheduled to appear in First District Court in Central Islip at a later date.