Last week, the New York State Police Troop D Violent Gangs and Narcotics Unit, together with Uniform Troopers, launched their latest campaign under the name "Operation Vaporizer" within Oneida County.
The primary objective of this operation was to crack down on the illegal sales of flavored nicotine vapes to minors, due to the numerous complaints received from school districts and concerned parents.
Multiple law enforcement agencies collaborated diligently to address this pressing issue. The New York State Police received valuable assistance from esteemed organizations such as the Town of Kirkland Police Department, Boonville Police Department, and Camden Police Department.It is imperative for all smoke shops operating within the state of New York to bear in mind that the legal age for purchasing tobacco products or nicotine vapes is 21 years of age. This serves as a reminder to all smoke shop owners to strictly enforce this legal requirement.As a result of the collective efforts of this initiative, several locations were subjected to thorough inspections, revealing their adherence to compliance with the established laws. These law-abiding establishments include Camden Gourmet Deli and Smoke Shop situated at 54 Main St in Camden, Z1 Smoke Shop located at 13410 State Route 12 in Boonville, and Royal Plus Shop situated at 8601 Turin Rd in Rome (T/Lee).
However, it is regrettable that certain locations were found to be in violation of the laws governing the sale of nicotine vapes to individuals under the age of 21.
One such establishment is NC Smoke Shop at 13187 State Route 12 in Boonville, which has been identified as a repeat offender. As a consequence of this illegal activity, Leah J. Irish, an 18-year-old resident of Boonville, NY, has been charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class "A" misdemeanor.
Additionally, One Stop Deli at 14 College St in Clinton was also found to be non-compliant with the relevant laws. Consequently, Mohamed K. Al Almeri, a 31-year-old resident of Clinton, NY, has been charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class "A" misdemeanor.
Furthermore, Iron Lungs located at 8215 Turin Rd in Rome was discovered to be in violation of the aforementioned laws. As a result, Devin J. Riggleman, a 26-year-old resident of Rome, NY, has been charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class "A" misdemeanor.
For additional information or inquiries, please contact Troop D Public Information Officer, Trooper Jack L. Keller.