Five Accused of Selling Flavored Vapes to Minors

The crackdown on vape sales continued Monday, with five employees arrested for selling flavored vape products around Huntington.

Suffolk County police said that as part of the department’s “Operation Smoke Out,” Second Precinct Crime Section officers conducted an investigation into 11 smoke shops during which employees of five stores sold flavored vape products to an underage person.

The following people were arrested and charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child 2nd Degree and Public Health Law Sale of Flavored Vape Products:
• Ryan Lembeck, 29, of Huntington, an employee of Huntington Village Vapes,  4 Elm St.,  Huntington
• Kush Patel, 22, of Floral Park, an employee of E Smoke & Cigar,  312 Main St. Huntington
• Magdy Alameri, 19, of New York Mills, NY, an employee of Cloud Smoke & Cigar
Convenience, 116 East 11th Street, Huntington Station
• Kasat Karaarslan, 52, of Port Jefferson Station, an employee of Xtra Fuels, 201 Depot
Road, Huntington Station
• Sayanam Ghimire, 37, of Elmhurst,  an employee of New Paradise Convenience,  2024 New York Ave., Huntington Station

All five were issued Field Appearance Tickets and are scheduled to be arraigned at First
District Court in Central Islip on a later date.

The sale of flavored vapes was banned statewide in 2020.


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