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Police: Fairfield vape shop shut down, second employee arrested

A Fairfield vape shop has been shut down by the state and an employee has been arrested for selling marijuana and tobacco products to kids, police say.

Oct 6, 2022, 5:14 PM

Updated 626 days ago

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The Connecticut Department of Labor has shut down Rose Smoke & Vape on Black Rock Turnpike following an ongoing investigation by Fairfield police and multiple state agencies.

The Department of Labor says it issued the business a stop work order Wednesday due to possible labor law violations. Police say the business has also been selling marijuana and nicotine products to minors. 
Police arrested employee Israel Vigo, of Pennsylvania, Wednesday.

Vigo is charged with possession of greater than 1 kilogram of marijuana, sale of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, and operation of a drug factory.

"We seized more than 2 pounds of marijuana from that store, which is not authorized to sell marijuana," Lt. Michael Paris said. "No store in Connecticut is allowed to sell marijuana at this point."

This is the second arrest at the business. Employee Ali Mohamed, of New York, was charged with selling marijuana in June.
Police say more arrests are expected.
"Trying to determine who is the owner of the store, who's permitting this to occur," Paris said. "Illegal activity being conducted through a business is not going to be tolerated."
The Department of Labor's investigation is ongoing. The agency says stop work orders can be lifted once wage and workplace standards are met. 


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