Six people were charged Tuesday with selling cannabis products, vapes/e-cigarettes and alcohol
to minors, Suffolk County police said.
All of the sales occurred in East Northport, Huntington and Greenlawn.
Second Precinct Crime Section officers investigated the sale of cannabis products, vapes and e-cigarettes, and alcohol during which 11 businesses were checked for compliance with the law.
During the investigation, six businesses were found to be selling cannabis/marijuana products, vapes/e- cigarettes, or alcohol to minors. Two of the businesses have been issued citations for selling to a minor earlier this year.
Mayank Kumar Patel, 35, of East Northport, an employee of Smoke & Beer Convenience Store, 216A Laurel Road, East Northport , was charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child 1st Degree for selling alcohol to a minor and Unlawfully Dealing with a Child 2nd Degree, both misdemeanor charges.
The following people were charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child 2nd Degree, a misdemeanor:
• Michael Jackson, 23, of Greenlawn, an employee of Green Leaf Smoke Shop, 247
Broadway Greenlawn, Huntington. This location previously sold to a minor in 2023.
• Bassam Alrowhani, 33, of Valley Stream , an employee of Smoke Bazaar Cigar & Vape Shop, 67 Broadway Greenlawn, Greenlawn.
• Ryan Francis, of East Northport, 24,, an employee of Country Tobacco, 765 RT 25A, East
• Juan Daniel Veliz Hernandez, 22, of East Northport, an employee of Oasis Smoke Shop, 38 Laurel Road, East Northport.
A sixth person, Carl Bluethgen was charged with Unlawful Sale of Cannabis, a violation. Bluethgen, 21, of Fort Salonga, is an employee of East Northport Smoke Shop, 250 B Larkfield Road, East Northport. This location has previously sold to a minor in 2023.
All six employees were released on a Field Appearance Ticket and will appear at First District Court in Central Islip on a later date.