Suffolk County Police have arrested five people for selling vaping products including e-nicotine to persons under the age of 21 years-old at businesses in West Islip, Bay Shore and Brentwood, New York.
In response to community complaints, Third Precinct Crime Section officers conducted an investigation into the sale of e-liquid nicotine. Six locations were checked for compliance.
The following five clerks were arrested and charged with violating the Suffolk County Code regulating the sale of E-Cigarettes, which included liquid e-nicotine:
Joseph Attallah, 21, of West Islip, New York, employed at House of Glass, located at 777 Udall Road West Islip, New York
Navjit Singh, 26, of Ozone Park, New York, employed at OK Gas, located at 221 West Main Street, Bay Shore, New York
Warnakulasuriya Kumara Fernando, 44, of Bay Shore, New York, employed at Valero, located at 1692 Union Blvd., Bay Shore, New York
Gokhan Kilinc, 39, of Islip, New York, employed at Shamrock, located at 645 East Main Street Bay Shore, New York
Cindy Arrue, 22, of Brentwood, New York, employed at Cloud 9 Smoke Shoppe, located at 128 Heyward Street Brentwood, New York
The following business complied, and refused the sale of e-liquid nicotine to minors:
Husco Vape Shop, 736 Main Street, Islip, New York
Investigators recovered 17 possible imitation designer belts at Cloud 9 Smoke Shoppe and a counterfeit investigation is ongoing.
The five people arrested are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on a later date.
A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.