NORTH SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — On June 24 at about 11:45 a.m., members of the North Syracuse Police Department and the New York State Police Community Stabilization Unit executed a search warrant at North Main Express located at 432 S. Main Street, North Syracuse for selling flavored nicotine products (vapes) as well as nicotine/tobacco products to underage persons.
After a year-long investigation by North Syracuse Police spurred by numerous complaints from citizens and parents in the area regarding the sale of flavored nicotine/tobacco products to underage persons, the agency contacted the New York State Police to assist in bringing the investigation to a close with the execution of the search warrant.
Some complaints were sales of these products to children as young as 13-years-old. The Public Health Law of the State of New York prohibits the sale of flavored vape products intended for use with, or reasonably expected to be used for the consumption of nicotine.
The Onondaga County Department of Health may impose a civil penalty to the business of up to $100 for each illegal flavored vape item which was seized. During the execution of the search warrant, North Syracuse Police assisted by the New York State Police Community Stabilization Unit and Onondaga County Department of Health seized approximately 5,000 illegal flavored vape products with an estimated value of $15 each.
Also seized were numerous illegal fireworks and untaxed/unstamped cigarettes. North Syracuse Police made the following arrests:
- Mohamed Ali Sharhan, 28, of Clay, charged with Possession of Untaxed/Unstamped Cigarettes, and Unlawfully Dealing with Fireworks
- Alaa Abdo Musleh Ghaleb, 22, of Syracuse, charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child, and Unlawfully Dealing with Fireworks
- Sydney D. Facto, 18, of Cicero, charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child
North Syracuse Police would like to thank the citizens who came forward to report the activity and for their patience while the investigation was ongoing.
“Our agency takes these types of quality-of-life issues very seriously and we were happy to bring this investigation to a close for our residents, local businesses and the children.”Sgt. Jeff Tripp.
North Syracuse Police will be monitoring other establishments in the Village for this same type of conduct and illegal vape product.